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Top Dropper Day

Life after Work is slightly over four years old, and has been in the Entrecard system since around August 2008. I joined EC to find new blogs to read, and am glad to say I found quite a few. Hopefully, other droppers feel the same about this little corner of the blogosphere I've carved out for myself! Anyways, EC is calling for a Top Dropper Day, where we give some linky love to those who have dropped on our blogs the most. As such, I’d like to take a little time to acknowledge the Top Droppers of the past 30 days on Life After Work, as at 00:15hrs 31 January 2009, as sourced from my EC Statistics page.

And they are..
Lola's Diner
Lofty Matters
Is 8 Enough?
The Way I See It
Windmill on the Hill
1 Blog and 2 Sides
Symphony of Love
Parental Instincts
Our Journey to Forever
On The Bricks

In addition, there's this Dropaholics thing that also lists the top droppers within their own network of monitored blogs. Since I can get more than 10 form this list, I figured I'd also linky lo…

Fitness Friday: my treadmill strategy

I used to hate the treadmill.

I hate to run.

It's totally different when I'm on a tennis court chasing after a ball, though.

But to just run (or in my case, jog) on a treadmill?

I'd rather reduce stress on my joints and do the elliptical instead.

Problem was, about a month ago, I was on the elliptical, and then just. didn't. want. to use it. anymore.

So how else was I going to get any pretense of cardio if not for the treadmill?


So I started out with walking for 30 mins.
Then I jazzed it up: 5 mins walk, 5 mins jog, for half an hour.
Then I extended it: 5 mins walk, 5 mins jog, for one hour.
Then I increased the duration: 5 mins walk, 10 mins jog, for one hour.
Then 15 mins jog (~3 "sets" in an hour)
Then 20 mins jog (~2 sets in an hour)

The walks are at the 3.0 (mph?) setting, and jogs at 3.5
I usually increase the jog rate to 4.0 and 4.5 right at the end, just before cooldown.

I had worked up to making more and more of the jog allocation to be at 4.0 speed.


all's well!

I didn't mean to leave you all hanging, awaiting news of the fate of the gumstick iPod shuffle lamented in the post below.

Good news!

Walked from the apartment to the Apple Store (over 1hr) last Fruiday, and went up to the Genius Bar, where we told that we might have to wait a long while if we didn't have an appointment, but we only had to wait like 10mins.

They plugged the bugger into their computer and hey, it was recognised!

The bugger got reset, of course: all songs lost, but that's not a big deal because the are stored in Kosh's laptop, it's only copies that get loaded onto the shuffle.

There had been some other files on there too (it can also be used as a usual USB stick) - but since Kosh hadn't touched or bothered with them for over 2 years, figured they weren't anything we'd miss.

They loaded some songs onto the now-functioning thing - all seemed well.

Made our way back (took the el back in - enough walking for the day!), plugged the shuffle in, and…

Fitness Friday: ~broken!~

Thursday afternoon I was multitasking on Kosh's laptop: looking around for plane tickets / dates for my impending trip back to KL next month (another postcard offer coming soon!) PLUS charging the iPod Shuffle which is what I've been using to keep me occupied while at the gym.

Rather than being stuck into the side like in the picture, the shuffle was attached to a USB hub, and was sticking out at me a little.

iPod Shuffle
Originally uploaded by strollers And whaddaya know, I must have nudged the bugger while typing... because all of a sudden there was an error message, talking about how a device was attempted to be removed without properly ejecting it which may result in damage, loss of data, etc.


Kosh spent a few hours trying to get the blasted thing to get recognised by his laptop, but to no avail. Moved to my PC, which recognised the thing, but couldn't do anything with it, due to I/O error of some sort. Downloaded some software that claimed to be able to fix things.…

I thought the bird bird bird, the bird is the word?

A quiz found at Angelika's:

Your Word is "Think"

You see life as an amazing mix of possibilities, ideas, and fascinations.

And sometimes you feel like you don't have enough time to take it all in.

You love learning. Whether you're in school or not, you're probably immersed in several subjects right now.

When you're not learning, you're busy reflecting. You think a lot about the people you know and the things you've experienced.

What's Your Word?

I think (haha) it describes me quite well.. whaddaya think?

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from Unitarian Universalism to Mahayana Buddhism!

In April 2004, a quiz told me my religious views matched that of a Unitarian Unversalist.

In April 2006, I took another quiz, on, with the same result: Unitarian Universalism (100%)

Just today, I saw that Bradley (from How Is Bradley?) took that quiz and shared his results. I was moved to see if I was still going to score as a Unitarian Universalist.

Nope. It's now #3. It's not a surprise to see others emerge higher this time around, reflecting my own journey...

1. Mahayana Buddhism (100%)
2. Neo-Pagan (98%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (86%)
4. Hinduism (83%)
5. New Age (81%)
6. Jainism (79%)
7. Theravada Buddhism (78%)
8. Liberal Quakers (77%)
9. New Thought (75%)
10. Reform Judaism (70%)
11. Scientology (67%)
12. Taoism (65%)
13. Baha'i Faith (64%)
14. Sikhism (59%)
15. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (56%)
16. Orthodox Judaism (51%)
17. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (49%)
18. Orthodox Quaker (48%)
19. Secular Humanism (44…

January Book Update!

So I managed to finish early in the year.

Here are the books I'm reading right now:
1. 2.
And no, I don't usually read two or more at a time. But I find myself doing that more often lately. Is it an age thing?

And here are the other books I've got from the library, waiting for my attention:
1. 2.
3. 4.
Hopefully I'll manage to read all of the above before they are due back/can't be renewed anymore!

... what are YOU reading right now?

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Fitness Friday: fellow gym-goers

Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump! I am jolted out of my reverie. Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump! Thankfully my legs continue to jog valiantly, keeping me seemingly stationary on the treadmill as the rubber beneath me continues to churn at 3.5 mph.
in place, moving forward
Originally uploaded by dead_squid

I blink a few times to bring my eyes back into focus. Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump! In the meantime, my music, which I usually keep at the bare minimum of hearing because I don't want to get deafened more than necessary, is being drowned out by that dratted Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump!

I look around. I see the source of the noise. Looks like I'm going to have to name him Mr Elephant. Seriously. If you make that much noise while running on the treadmill, I think you're hurting yourself big time. Try to run *lightly*, dude!!

Congratulations, Mr Elephant, you are the newest member of the ignominious group of gym-goers Kosh and I can't help but make fun of.

There's Mr G…

I'm no longer a jobless bum!

I am being paid to blog!

Okay, I haven't seen the money yet because I made less than $50 last month, but by this time next month, I should have a cheque in hand for over $50, for something I already do anyway.

Here's how it works: You apply and propose a blog idea. If accepted, they'll set you up with the proposed URL, and off you go!

Blogs are reviewed by the 10th (or next business day) of every month, and payments are made then. There is a minimum payout of $50, so if you don't make that much in one month, that total will carry over to the next month, and the month after that, until your total is over the minimum payout. You can get paid via PayPal or by cheque via snail mail.

When I signed up, the program was such that I get paid based on unique visitors ($0.002 per impression, or $2 per thousand unique visitors) and $1 per post (only one paid post per day, minimum 100 words).

If you're turning your nose up at the rates, hang on a second. I believe Google AdSens…

We're going to be housebound for a few days...

... because it's going to be C.O.L.D.

(screenshot from the National Weather Service)

Chicago is buckling down for a blizzard that's expected to hit during the evening and last through the night. It's only going to dump 2 - 4 inches of snow, which by itself wouldn't be too bad, except that the snow is of the light powdery kind... pair that up with 30 mph winds, then the fun starts - WHITEOUT! This might not impact me too much, since we don't have wide open spaces here in the city itself, but based on how things went the last time something like this happened, I think we'll just not go out unless utterly necessary.

... especially when on the heels of this blizzard comes mega-cold temperatures. Look at the forecast above. Thursday we're expected to have a HIGH of 2F (-17C) , Friday of 5F (-15C). That's not factoring in the wind chill. No. I ain't going out for nothing!! We'll make do with bread and water if we have to, I ain't going out no…

Foody Friday: pumpkin edition

About a month ago, I shared a Foody Friday post about my mega-pumpkin bread. Since then, I've made at least three iterations:

The main change has been to use an 8x8 instead of a loaf pan. As KTN pointed out, this makes it no longer pumpkin bread but rather pumpkin bars. Whatever you want to call it, it works out much better in the 8x8.

The most recent iteration is the most unusual to date: I added a melted brick of cream cheese into the whole thing. Oh wow. Makes it REALLY heavy. And we're back almost to square one with the pumpkin pie filling consistency. I have no idea how to change the cooking temperature and time to accommodate the new ingredient. It's absolutely delish, though.

They have all been delish. So much so that I have no pictures of the finished products, LoL!

I've been threatening to make a batch with some chocolate chips inside. Kosh scrunches up his face, saying he doesn't think they go together. I don't know why it's stuck in my m…

what a waste!

The One Book, One Chicago program is launched each spring and fall to cultivate a culture of reading and discussion in Chicago by bringing our diverse city together around one great book. Reading great literature provokes us to think about ourselves, our environment and our relationships. Talking about great literature with friends, families and neighbors often adds richness and depth to the experience of reading. We invite you to join us as we explore yet another great piece of literature.
- from the One Book, One Chicago website

The first time I heard about this program was back in Fall 2006, where I saw intriguing colorful posters of Indian hands and eyes advertising Jhumpa Lahiri's The Interpreter of Maladies at the el stations I'd frequent. Then in March '07, I walked into the Popular Library and saw shelf after shelf of this book, in both paperback and hard cover versions: it was the end of the One Book, One Chicago program for that season, and so all the books that h…

Foody Friday: New Year edition

Did you know that in 2008, I published 133 posts on this blog? This translates to one post every 2 to 3 days. Sounds about right. Especially since I'm juggling more than one blog now!! :)

... once again, HAPPY 2009, everyone!

Kosh and I spent the New Year's Eve / Day quietly. I ended up feeling quite rajin (hardworking? motivated?) and produced three items in the kitchen!

First: another round of Mira's Broccoli Cheddar Salad

Then: a re-engineered version of Shawn's Sopapia Cheesecake.

Re-engineering in this case involved using half of everything and therefore using a smaller 8x8 pan; *and* the introduction of mini chocolate chips (I'd tried before with regular chocolate chips and half melted into the filling, half didn't... it was okay but not something I'd share with others!). Here you can see the dots of chocolate in the cream cheese mixture.

Covered with the other half of the crescent rolls and drowned in butter/sugar/cinnamon... then baked for 30 min…