Friday, July 4, 2008

This is Vaibhav from ramblings and I am here to write a blog post for m maris

I'm using Dragon NaturallySpeaking to write this blog post kooky nice is

Met his wants to try using Dragon NaturallySpeaking, but she doesn't know that it is specific to each user was so what does that mean? It means that each user has its or set of language specific For It it finds which Dragon naturally speaking makes I'm just trying to make it up nice!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Rough road...

I am getting back on the road to run. It has certainly been a while - I had some good training months in the summer, but did not manage to maintain a rigorous schedule all that well during and after fall. I have decided to dedicate the next few weeks to getting back into a routine and finding again some of the lost stamina. I am enjoying my runs with my new buddy Garmin Forerunner - thank you, Vaibhav! Tracking distance and comparing workouts in terms of their heart rate definitely adds some extra motivation right now. I am aiming at building more mileage before starting serious tempo runs and speed works. My marathon qualifying marathon would need to be in the Fall, but I am a little hesitant to put all the eggs in one basket - I might try to squeeze in an early Summer marathon. We will see...
Weekly mileage February 18-24: 15.5 miles, plus one day of downhill skiing at Stevens Pass (a very fun and gorgeous day, although doesn't really count as aerobic cross-training).

Back from India!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

New Year Ambitions

1. Take my General Exam
2. Submit two papers for publication
3. Attend a conference
4. Keep up with weekly literature reviews

1. Train regularly and qualify for Boston marathon
2. Complete Basic Climbing course
3. Do more of long distance biking in the summer
4. Keep up Hindi learning, and take up Spanish
5. Improve my English

Back from Europe

This Thursday night, I returned from my Europe holiday. I spent 4 days in Berlin, and continued on to Tallinn (Estonia), finishing with a day in Helsinki (Finland). It was good time, a sort of reminder of things from not-so-distant past that I have lost touch with, like being able to understand German and Finnish, being able to see old school friends on an almost daily basis, and the feeling of one's feet getting cold in boots during a five minute wait for a morning bus (I am grateful that the really cold weather had the courtesy to wait until I am already on the other side of the Globe).

I got my hefty dose of Second World War/Cold War history in Berlin (thanks to the efforts of the authorities to preserve that as a lesson for the generations to come), had a blast in Tallinn with friends and family, visited Haanja in Southern Estonia that features great snow and ice (ice skating on a lake! Fantastic!) and the highest peak in the Baltic States, Suur-Munamägi (318 meters from the sea level, with only 62 meters of relative height, so summiting it won't really go on my mountaineering resume). It was also the first time that my sauna experience included dipping myself into the water of the lake the sauna was on through a hole cut into the ice for that purpose. (Estonian tradition has it as the fastest way to health, not pneumonia. If nothing else, I lived to tell the tale.) Thank you, Vaibhav, for so appropriately taking me to learn ice skating a bare week before I was unexpectedly ice skating in Haanja, and thank you, Kristiina, for inviting me and Mom along to wonderful Kurgjärve at Haanja! And lastly, on my last day in Europe, January 2nd, I had fun with Mom in Helsinki, where we galloped around the city despite my unreasonably weighty day pack and adamant biting cold winds from the sea (why did it not occur to me while planning the day trip that January is perhaps not the most ideal time to simply promenade around Helsinki for 8-9 hours in a row? We were saved by frequent stops in warm coffee shops).

I had originally planned on blogging frequently about my trip, but nothing came of it since I did not have internet connection for most of the time. (This - going through my inbox only every few days - also led me to the discovery that in general, I really don't get any urgent email that would justify my obsession with checking my mailbox.)

More observations from the trip: life in Estonia (Tallinn) has become very expensive, especially as the dollar I earn keeps sinking and sinking in its value. (I love coffee, but four dollars for a tiny cup makes me weep.) My life in Seattle on my graduate student stipend now seems rather lavish.

Friday, December 14, 2007

I am entering the world of blogging...

... to keep in touch with friends.