Monthly Archives: June 2013

Day 181 : four

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Sandy: I just changed the dampener on my tennis racquet from a yin yang design to a surprised looking face. I played in a tennis match this morning with a partner I’ve never met. As it turned out, she was left-handed. Not a big deal because I’ve played with Kelly for many years. When my partner served her first ball on the Advantage side it was solidly struck but whizzed by my ear and hit my racquet frame because of the way it spun off her racquet. I was slightly startled but I think it phased her for the entire match because her serves were so soft afterwards.

Why don’t we yell “FOUR” in tennis like players do in golf?

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.

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Day 180 : nerf

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Sandy: Today the temperature was about 95 degees F. So we cooled ourselves in our friend’s swimming pool and threw a nerf football around. Because nerf footballs are so light, I have a tendency to overthrow it unnecessarily. So after a few tries with my left arm/hand, I corrected my technique and became quite proficient. I hit, or came pretty close to, my target most of the time, no worse than if I had used my right hand. Funny thing is the less I thought about it, the better I threw the ball.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 179 : sizzle

Sandy: whoops! it was so hot today that my brain fried and I forgot to post. I played in a tennis match – 93+ degrees. Had dinner at Terrapin Crossroads (owned by Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead). Very good food, nice ambience, good music (house band that includes one of Phil’s sons).

Whoops! forgot to hit Publish.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 178 : budino butt

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Sandy: I ate budino for breakfast but I ran almost 3 miles afterwards. I really only ate half a serving, 3 ounces at the most. It contained good breakfast stuff – eggs, milk (protein, calcium, vitamin D x 2 because I was running in the sun but minus something for wearing 40 SPF sunscreen), sugar and scotch. My husband needed to deposit some checks so I volunteered to run, literally, to the bank. Watching the Wimbledon tennis players motivated me to take a run because I envy their fitness. I haven’t run over 2 miles in 30 years. I only run a mile in boot camp. I burned over 1000 calories according to UP.

Now it’s time to eat left over birthday cake – dark chocolate, antioxidants (hee, hee).

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 177 : 2 x 25

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Sandy: Tomorrow is the twins’ birthday. We celebrated tonight. That is why I am just now posting. Ugh, just turned midnight.

Today K and A celebrate their 25th birthday! Traditionally, I cook whatever the birthday person requests. Luckily K and A wanted the same meal, except for dessert. John asked for a Queen of Sheba cake and Katy opted for butterscotch budino. Besides doing a little work, I cooked most of the day thus putting my posting aside. Twenty-five is a round odd number that seems like a milestone. K joked that she will have to lie about her age now (I’m pretty sure she still gets carded when ordering a cocktail). I enjoyed being 25 but loved 27 more. Ahhh, it just occurred to me, that was my golden birthday. Makes sense. So maybe, in two years, K and A will feel the same.  

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 176 : tabata

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Sandy: At boot camp it would be Tabata Tuesday but we don’t have camp this week (it’s four weeks on and one week off). So I created my own work out today. Tabata is doing a cardio exercise for 4 minutes, going as hard as you can go for 20 seconds followed by a 10 second rest. Then you do several other 4 minute sets of a different cardio exercise. In developing and testing his technique, Izumi Tabata found that high intensity interval training improved one’s aerobic and anaerobic system. I tried to push myself but it’s easier to give in to weariness when I’m working out by myself. Somehow I managed to tweak my hamstring so I’ve got KT Tape slapped across it now.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 175 : over the rainbow

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Sandy: Today I went to the memorial service for Zheng Cao, an exuberant young woman who knew no bounds for joy and life. She was a diva, literally, an opera star but she also sang karaoke duets with my husband. She had a huge amount of love for friends and family, and found the love of her life when she was being treated for lung cancer. Zheng’s cousin spoke about how he and she shared the trait of being left-handed, one of the many bonds that made them so close even though they lived a great distance apart. I am grateful to Amy and Lou for introducing us to Zheng. I treasure the memory of her irrepressible energy, beautiful voice and find comfort knowing that Zheng can now go where blue birds fly.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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