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You can call me Stepan Oblonsky, or "Stiva", and my wife Darya, "Dolly". Our daughter is Ekaterina, "Kitty" (really the name of Dolly's younger sister). I'll probably just refer to them as D and K. You might recognize our names from the novel Anna Karenin, by Leo Tolstoy. I have read the book, but it was years ago. We also have a cat, two chickens, and some fish in a small aquarium. The hens are a red star, R, and a golden star, G. I used to blog for a few years, but given the way I write, I found it too public, so I'm trying again under a different name. I like the anonymity.

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I haven’t posted the program of exercises that I follow. I started a somewhat changed program this week, but it’s pretty similar to the previous one because it’s built on the big basic, compound...
This is all about weight training, so you may want to skip it...Last night was my first workout after taking a week off for work travel. I had been weight training since Dec without a break.The new we...
I didn’t post anything last week because I was taking the week off from weight training because it’s been several months since I started doing it and hadn’t taken a break yet and I was on travel...
Ever since we bought our new cell phones, which was months ago, I have wondered about the keypad backlight feature. The there a setting for how long the keypad backlight stays on. I have it on "always...
I'm supposed to work on reducing stress, but I often am trying to squeeze in working out between coming home from work and heading to pick up our daughter from after-school day care. The last few week...
I went to the grocery store earlier today to get a few things. The place was packed. I was surprised when I walked past the chip and cracker aisle and saw ... not a whole lot. That aisle was hit prett...
I wrote a while back about the Kitty's classmates taking her things from her pencil box. After that we bought a locking one. This week she caught a boy trying to pick the lock with a scissors. The loc...
Last weekend we went out of town to the Big Bear area (Murphys / Arnold) for an "annual" snow cabin trip. We didn't go last year. As it was, we went late and arrived Sat afternoon. Dolly and Kitty wen...
Another thing that happened on Sun afternoon was I went shopping for a new TV. We have had the old one for less than ten years. It was practically new. We don't have cable, so use the broadcast channe...
There was no karate class for the last two weeks of the year, but I haven't been back since. It's nice to be home in the evening and not rush out the door to get to the class. The class is also two ho...
Mon we went to the Tech Museum in San Jose to see the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit. This is the last week. The weekends are not long enough. We got going late because we had another family over for dinne...
A few people have commented about how I shouldn't bulk up but just use weights for fitness.Bones respond to the stresses placed on them. To attempt to build bone strength, they have to be stressed. To...
Besides the lamp, there are the following:- a copy of "Brawn" by Stuart McRobert (non-fiction - strength training)- a copy of "Sister of My Heart" by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (novel)- the controller...
On Fri evening I looked behind our back fence to see how the weeds were growing to determine whether it was time to cut them. I saw an old entertainment center / bookcase behind the fence next to the ...
Taking the iPhone / iPod navigation concept to the laptop:New Apple Laptop...