Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The low back lockup

I'm not going to whine. Well, maybe just a little. Occasionally my low back gets all tight. I'm not sure if it's related to tight hams and glutes, or is cause, or is effect. Whatever. It's just really tight over the last couple days, and today especially.

Ran only 3 K, slowly, with an eye to getting warmed up enough to do some stretching and core afterward. That was so so. If I try to sit cross legged I will slowly keel over backwards. This does not bode well for yoga tomorrow.

In other news, I am being tempted to start/join/enter/compete/participate(whatever the verb is) in NaNoWriMo. If I'm reading this right, there are 2752 people in Calgary alone that are signed up to have a go at pounding out 50,000 words in a month. I could never be part of anything that requires total commitment, long and solitary hours doing something other people think is crazy. Could I?

We visited our friends G&G and played the train game on Monday. We've been playing it with them, and other people for a long, long time now. This is the North American version, which I'm most familiar with. That means I win about 1 in 4 games. Linda wins most of the rest. We also have the EuroRails version, and Linda wins that one almost all the time. She is a ferocious competitor, though having met her family as they "play" various games, I can understand it. Don't even THINK the word Yahtzee with Linda around. Or Scrabble. I have never, ever won at Scrabble playing Linda.

Here's the board game at the end of the game. I'm the blue line, if you were wondering.


  1. Of course, you could do NaNo! Janet can coach you, as she did me. The trick is to give yourself limited time to write every day and to tell your inner editor to get lost until the month is over. Just open up the insane creativity inside and let it pour on to the page. You'll love it. Promise!

    I love games too but, unfortunately, Husband doesn't so I rarely get the chance to play anything other than a few hands of crib. I used to play scrabble with my grandmother regularly. She always beat me, of course. After 70 or so years of playing, she knew all the good scrabble words and was a terrific strategist. Think it tickled her that she could beat her over-educated granddaughter so handily.

    Sorry the back's giving you grief. Hope the yoga helps. Have a good one!

  2. You can totally do it. I did it myself in 2010 and hit the 50,000 words while wrangling year and a half old twins and half marathon training with about 3 days to spare! It was an awesome experience. I haven't been able to do it again since I returned to work - though I tried both years...the first year as an exercise in editing my first novel and the second in starting another. I wasn't going to attempt it this year, but then hubby was musing aloud on the weekend and he planted the seed for a dystopian novel that I am officially dying to attempt.

    If you wanted to try it - we could always meet at coffee shops on the weekends with our laptops to word war it out ;)

    1. If you are serious about starting - you should give Chris Baty's "No Plot? No Problem" a read. It's all about how to succeed at Nano!

    2. Figures. Booked up at library. Shopping later...

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