Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday's Fab Five



From Froggarita's blog.  There are 5 questions! The only rule is you can't use the same answer twice!

What is your Favorite Color: Sunlight.  It's totally a color.  Check your Crayola box.
 
What is your Favorite Animal: Frogs, I think.  I also enjoy Llamas a great deal.
 
What is your Favorite Restaurant: These days its Bonefish.  And I love Chik-Fil-A.
 
What is your Favorite Song or Singer: Billy Joel.  And there's just no way to pick ONE favorite song.
 
What is your Favorite Drink: Water with lemon.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday's Fab Five




From Froggarita's blog.  There are 5 questions! The only rule is you can't use the same answer twice!


Name 5 books coming out you want to read BADLY: Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins, Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, and....  that's all I can think of right now.

Name 5 up and coming authors to watch:  Is it really bad that I just can't think of anyone right now?  Oh wait, Suzanne Collins is pretty new, right?
  
Name 5 authors you have recently found yourself: Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, Rick Riordan....  again, drawing a blank.
  
Name 5 characters you would love to date: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Edward Cullen, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, and... oh alright, Jacob Black
  
What are your 5 favorite places to read?: Couch, In bed, Outside on a blanket, Airplanes, and... did I mention in bed?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Friday's Fab Five (late again)



From Froggarita's blog.  There are 5 questions! The only rule is you can't use the same answer twice!



What are your 5 favorite foods: Rice, Pizza, Cheese, Strawberries, and CHOCOLATE.

What are your 5 favorite snacks to eat when you read: Chips, Popcorn, Sunflower seeds, Cookies, and Carrots and ranch dip.

What are your 5 favorite cookies: Peanut butter chocolate chip, Chocolate chip, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Shortbread, and Russian tea cakes.

What are your 5 favorite salad toppings: Croutons, Nuts, Craisins, Crackers, and Bacon bits.

What are your 5 favorite salad dressings: Ranch, Olive oil and vinegar, Honey mustard dressing, Raspberry Vinaigrette, and other yummy Vinaigrettes.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday's Fab Five

Participating can be as simple as answering the questions in the comments for this post. Or, it can be as intense as answering the questions by commenting on Froggarita's blog, commenting on my blog, and posting about the event on your own blog. The only rule is that you can't use the same answer twice.
Here are this week’s questions (which were hard for me this week - I'm not super invested in the paranormal - can I just assume all fantasy authors count? If its fantasy its beyond the range of normal, right?):
  1. Name your 5 favorite paranormal authors: Stephenie Meyer, JK Rowling, Robert Jordan, JRR Tolkien, Terry Brooks
  2. Name your 5 favorite paranormal series: Twilight, Harry Potter, Wheel of Time, Lord of the Rings, Shannara
  3. Name your 5 favorite paranormal types: Witches, Wizards, Vampires, Werewolves, and Shapeshifters
  4. Name 5 paranormal characters you wish were real: Gandolf, Dumbledore, Carlisle Cullen, Perrin Aybara, and Allanon
  5. Name 5 paranormal characters you love to hate: Aro, Umbridge, Voldemort, Cyndane, Saruman, 

Monday, May 3, 2010

William says, "Half the man ... and much faster."

About fourteen years ago, I topped out at around 425 or 430 pounds. I was a big boy. A little over seven years ago I tipped the scale at 338 pounds. And as recently as five years ago, I weighed in the 290s. Although the overall view shows a downward trend, my weight has fluctuated a lot over the last fourteen years of my life: from 425 to 235 to 338 to 250 to 295 to where I now sit, 204. Even more dramatic than the fact that I am less than half the man I used to be, physically, is the increase in my physical abilities. When I was a senior in high school and pushing 400, I played football. I was BY FAR THE biggest guy in the state playing football. Every team we played, no one was within 100 pounds of me. But that's a different story. If you've never done two-a-days for high school football conditioning, then consider yourself lucky. Imagine having to exercise nonstop for two to three hours, twice a day for two weeks. Do you have a good mental picture and mental feeling? Okay, now add 200 pounds to your frame and re-imagine it. NIGHT ... (wait for it) ... MARE! But I pushed through it. However, because of my size, it was extremely difficult to be diligent, to put forth the effort needed to actually build up my aerobic capacity. For example, every day at the start of practice, and before every game, we ran one lap around the football field as a team for part of our warm up exercises. Half way through the season, I still couldn't run that lonely, measly lap without stopping to walk. It KILLED me, and I hated it. I probably hated more that I didn't seem to be able to build up the ability to accomplish what seemed like such a simple feat. Fifteen years later, I competed in a sprint triathlon (just last weekend, 24 April). I swam .35 miles, biked 15 miles, and ran 3.1 miles without stopping to walk once, and I came in second in my division. It amazes me to think about how far I have come. If I were to race my 18-year-old self, I would easily run two to three laps for every one he could. Now that feels good.

Beach Blast Triathlon - Mexico Beach, FL

I meant to post about this last week, but time got away from me.  I totally want to brag about my husband though.  He worked so hard to be ready for this triathlon, and he did GREAT.

He competed in the "Clydesdale" division, which is for athletes 200 lbs or more.  There seemed to be a bit of variety in this division - some were like William, muscled and strong, but with broad shoulders and large frames.  Some looked like, well... like you'd be surprised to seem them in a triathlon.  But either way, its an amazing feat and kudos to anyone who can finish at all!
William did better than finish, though.  In his division, he came in 3rd in the swimming portion, 1st in the biking portion, 2nd in the run - and of course 2nd in the race.  He was the 45th person across the finish line.  William being who he is, immediately after find out his placement started talking about mistakes him made and ways he could've trained to do better.  I shushed him.  It was a GREAT finish for his first triathlon, and something to be really proud of.  
He's decided to do another triathlon in two weeks (for his birthday week-end) and is hard at work training for that one as well.  This next one is bigger - meaning more people will race in it - so we're excited to see how he does in a bigger crowd.
It looks like we have a new hobby in the Silverman household.  :-)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Friday's Fab Five

Let's pretend I posted this yesterday, shall we?

Participating can be as simple as answering the questions in the comments for this post. Or, it can be as intense as answering the questions by commenting on Froggarita's blog, commenting on my blog, and posting about the event on your own blog. The only rule is that you can't use the same answer twice.

1. Name your 5 most favorite TV shows currently on air: Survivor, Fringe, Mentalist, Bones, and Amazing Race

2. Name your 5 most favorite characters from TV: Patrick Jane (Mentalist), Bones (Bones), Walter Bishop (Fringe), House (House), Chef Ramsey (Hell's Kitchen & Kitchen Nightmares)

3. Name up to 5 shows you wish weren’t on air or made: Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, CSI, CSI Miami, and CSI New York

4. Name your 5 favorite shows off air: Angel, Charmed, Gilmore Girls, West Wing, Alias

5. Name your 5 favorite couples on TV: Bones and Booth (Bones), Peter and Olivia (Fringe), Angel and Cordelia (Angel), House and Cuddy (House), and Sidney and Michael (Alias)

I watch too much TV. That is all.

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