Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tiring Week

There hasn't been an entry for over a week partly due to exhaustion. Last week, I attended the Educause conference in Orlando. Almost immediately after the conference was over, I headed to the airport. One flight to Seattle then another to Anchorage arriving around 2:30 AM. I tried getting some sleep in the terminal but they don't design their chairs to be comfortable. I then caught the 6:00 AM flight to Fairbanks. A very exhausting trip.

On Tuesday, a representative from Internet2 came to Fairbanks to perform a site visit. The main purpose was to take a look at the facilities at the University of Alaska. I am attempting to bring up the ESCC/Internet2 Joint Tech meeting to Fairbanks in the Summer of 2010. It's looking good. Yesterday and today were spent in an ITIL foundations class ending in an examination. Tests are always somewhat stressful. On top of all this activity, one of the boys needs to be at school at 6:30 in the morning. All in all, a tiring week.

As part of the WIN IHP, I agreed to start walking again on the treadmill for 45 minutes, three times per week. I haven't been doing much walking lately due, in part, to soreness in the back of my knee. It is pretty much gone so having no more excuses, I tried walking again last night. It felt good to be walking again. The gps gadget doesn't do any good while on the treadmill unless you get a $100 option which turns it into a $10 pedometer. I don't think so. At the Educause meeting, several vendors were handing out pedometers and one of them even had an area marked off to help adjust it. It was part of their "green theme". I saw a lot of people wearing them. At least I now have a couple of spares. I also wanted to start some sort of upper body program but I'm sort of at a loss on what way to go. We don't really have room for more equipment so if anyone has any suggestions...


  1. How about some free weights. That is what we have. We use a book for women called Strong Women Stay Young that has a lot of good easy exercises. You can probably modify or find a similar book for men. Also an elasticized band is good. Neither weights or the band take up much room, but you can do a lot of upper body exercises with them.

  2. I don't know if you are aware of this but then next time you have to spend the night in the airport, there are rooms you can rent. Know where that water massager is located? Well behind there are rooms that you can stay in. In the room you get a Lazyboy recliner, a TV, a white noise machine, alarm clock, and some peace & quiet. I think it's something like $10 an hour with the 4th hour free. I usually stay there when I have an overnight. And if you are traveling with more than one person for $15 an hour, you get a room with a reclining sofa, I think, and a computer in addition to everything else. I don't dread overnights in Anchorage anymore!