Reboot. Recharge.

When all else fails, just shut it down for 5 seconds and turn it back on. Just like new!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Spin Cycle 07/26/07

You know, it's interesting to me. I subbed spin last Sunday, and used the same music that I used last night and today, and I gave 3 totally different rides.
The rides on Sunday and last night were very fast paced, and this morning's ride was not as fast paced, but still hard none the less. This morning we climbed 2 20 minute hills with a 10 minute flat in between. Good stuff.

I used the music from Chicane. Now, I've been struggling with how to explain what type of music it is. I went to the website to search for a better explaination. Chicane is the project of a person named Nick Bracegirdle. He writes and produces all of the music, as well as directs the band's live performances. I guess he has trouble defining his music too, because the website has quotes like "It is a common mistake to think that Nick is a DJ" and "For years Chicane has been pigeon holed as a dance act".

The music is definitely electronic and has a techno edge to it, but it's actually pretty sounding and not annoying like techno can be. I used his release Far From the Maddening Crowds for the ride. I'm not going to list the songs, because I basically put it on (started on song 3) and let it go from there. Only 1 of the songs actually has words in it.

Like a chicane, which actually is a word for a winding road, the music on this release flows and winds around, circling through a theme which recurrs in the music. There is a back beat to it so it's great to ride to.

I listened to Chicane's most recent song that was released and unfortunately, it has words and is a bit cheesy. If you want to check out the music, listen to selections from Far From the Maddening Crows and not the more recent music. If you go to the Chicane website, there is a music player in the upper right hand corner. Fast forward until the song OFFSHORE, which is from the release I used today. Apparently, based on information from the website, this release is no longer available.

Anyways, have a good one. I'm actually listening to the song Dig by Incubus, over and over and over. I love it.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Spin Cycle 07/19/07

Damn, I am exhausted. I taught last night and thins morning and rode hard both classes. The one difference though, is that my daughter was up from 12:30 am to about 3:30 am last night. I normally get up at 4:30 - 4:45 and so I basically got about 2 hrs of sleep last night.
I "woke" up miserable and feeling sorry for myself thinking that there was no way in hell I could get on the bike and ride.
Well, I did it, and I gave a killer class. I just got in the zone, and it felt good. I used the same music both last night and this morning and gave two TOTALLY different classes. One girl said this morning after class, That was Hard. I normally give my best classes under duress.
I could barely walk up the stairs to work this morning!

The music I used is a collection of songs that I picked for my good friend and (former) nanny, Lynn, as she came to my class last night.
Here it is:
1. I don't know the title or the artist!
2. Give it to Me - Timbaland
3. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira
4. What Goes Around Comes Back Around - Justin Timberlake
5. Lets Get it Started - Black Eyed Peas
6. Pon de Replay - Rhiana
7. Life is a Highway - Rascal Flatts
8. God Digger - Kanye West
9. Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
10. Jump - Madonna
11. Talk - Coldplay
12. Not Coming Down - moe.
13. It's Not Over - Daughtry
14. Say it Right - Nelly Furtado

I am subbing this Sunday morning, and will work up a ride that I will use next Wed/Thursday...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


I've been into motivation these days, it's what's keeping me going. I'm usually not into motivation to tell you honestly, but it's working for me right now.
I joined Tiger Woods's newsletter and read his blog regularly now. He is very inspiring.

My dad passed this on to me, and I had to post it. It's regarding Dave Feherty, a former PGA golfer and now writer and broadcaster on golf; here he describes a shot that Tiger made and Ernie Els's reaction to it (Ernie is another golfer, who is excellent in his own right):

David Feherty on Tiger

"People have accused me of being so far up Tiger's arse that he can
barely make a full swing, but I maintain that he is a special person.
There's no one else on the planet who can do what he does or even think of
doing what he does. I've often thought, instead of showing Tiger's reaction
to a shot he's hit, we really should show the reaction of those around him."

But here is the next best thing. "I'm walking down the 18th fairway at
Firestone Country Club with Ernie Els and Tiger, who has popped up a
three-wood about 40 yards behind Ernie into some wet, nasty, horrible,
six-inch rough," Feherty says.

"Tiger's cursing and taking clumps out of Ohio with his three-wood. And,
of course, we're not showing this on TV because we want to be able to
interview him later. Ernie and I walk past Tiger's ball, and it is truly

"Ernie is tied with Tiger and he's in the middle of the fairway. I'm
standing with Ernie and my microphone is open. Ken Venturi [in the CBS
booth] sends it to me and I say, 'Tiger's got 184 yards with two big red
oaks overhanging the green. He's got absolutely nothing. With a stick of
dynamite and a sand wedge I might be able to move this ball 50 yards. Steve
Williams [Woods' caddie] tells me [with a hand signal] that he's using a
pitching wedge.'

"Tiger takes his swing. Every muscle in his body is flung at the ball.
It looks like he's torn his nutsack. The divot went as far as I could hit
the ball. I've got my microphone at my mouth thinking, what the hell was
that! The ball sails over the trees, lands behind the hole and backs up to
about six feet from the flag. I open my microphone and Ernie turns and says,
'F*** me!'

"My producer comes on in my earpiece and says, 'Was that Ernie?' I say

He says, 'Fair enough.'

"I could have described that shot for 15 minutes and not done as good a
job as Ernie did with two words. This is one of the best players in theworld talking, and you wanna know how good Tiger is? Ask Ernie Els."

Hopefully you've read the whole thing and are either smiling or in awe right now....

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Genzyme is tanking - thank god I'm out of here in 3 weeks. August 3rd is my last official day. It can't come soon enough. I am soooooo done mentally with working there. I'm wearing shorts today, what a hoot.
Anyways, one of my divisions most promising drugs in development had negative results in it's major clinical trial, and so commercialization of this product is unlikely. Thank god I sold my stock when I did! Since I sold a few weeks ago, it's down 6 bucks and change!
Development of Thyme To Cook is moving along. I'm just about ready to take my 3 exams through the Culinary Business Academy. My website is under development, and should be ready to go as early as first week of August, but probably will go live in mid August.
I already posted my logo here for you to view.
I'm looking into a Personal Fitness Chef certification which would go great with my Spinning - I could connect with many people at the gym where I teach. I'm already considering running a special for members - like a one time 20% off deal or something like that....
Exciting and anxiety causing.
Will I be able to do it? I certainly hope so.
I'm working on some low grade marketing and hopefully that will gain me some clients. I have a lead to either write an article for a local town newspaper, or possibly have a story written about personal cheffing and my story?? I don't know, but if either of them pan out, it could be very good for me.
I'm struggling now with whether or not to introduce my new "biz" to high rollers at Genzyme. Some of them could benefit from my service. However, it would open up that can of worms that I don't necessarily want to deal with at work - it's getting too personal maybe, but again, it could be good for the business.
Decisions, decisions. Hopefully they'll work themselves out....

Spin Cycle 07/12/07

Long live Tito!
Continuing with the tropical theme, because it's been so freaking hot, today's ride is brought to you by Cuba (and the like). It came down to the wire, and I literally figured out the ride yesterday. I gathered the music late Monday, selected the songs for the ride on Tuesday, and planned the ride yesterday. It's the working part time thing that has me a bit off schedule where putting rides together is concerned.

Part of the problem is that I don't have itunes yet on my new computer at home, and have my itunes music on my work computer, as well as on Rob's computer at home. Rob got the Airport Express and is trying to gather all of our music to one spot (Airport Express is some device to play your music through your stereo remotely from a computer - brilliant concept, if it works).

I taught at 6:30 last night, so I could finesse the ride for this morning. Both classes were great and hard - 15 students last night and 21 this morning. Cuban/Salsa/Mambo music is always a big hit with my students, so they were pumped.

Love it.

Here's the list :)

1. Saludo Company - Compay Segundo

2. A Namorada - Carlinhos Brown

3. Soy la Candela - The Salsa Kings

4. Samba - Faze Action

5. I Like it Like That - Peter Conde Rodriguez

6. Coro Miyare - Fania Allstars

7. El Ritmo de Verdad - Lego

8. Atabaque - Jazzanova

9. Descarga - Tito Puente

10. Salsa Caliente - Tito Puente

11. Si Tu No Sabes, No Te Metas - Ricardo Lemvo

12. Guallando - Fulanito

13. Yay Boy - Africando

14. Campina - Afro Cuban Jazz Project

There were some other songs selected that did not make it into the ride:

1. Tree, Air and Rain on the Earth - Mondo Grosso

2. Sensemaya - Carlos de Nicaragua

3. Lambada Timbales - Tito Puente

4. No Me Cambie Camino - Celia Cruz and RayBarretto