I did make it to the gym yesterday but was too busy to blog about it - I spent all of my time figuring out how much time I had left to do some work and then being asked to recalculate it, thereby losing more time. My split time was an abyssmal 2:39.7, showing my boredom, but I got my heart rate up to 147 BPM, much better than last Wednesday (stroke rate 30 so not too shabby). I'd like to figure out how to get a higher heart rate while biking - I'm going at the right speed but it doesn't seem to be having enough of an effect.
I didn't take Proust with me this weekend and was kind of missing it, except for the weight (and the fact it let me rip through another Charlaine Harris novel). I'm at 349 of The Prisoner, making great progress, only 35 more pages until the end ... of this half of the book.
I've also pretty well decided that I'm going to do a manatee swim/snorkel trip in Florida, as there's one that leaves on Fridays in Orlando and I can easily skip the farewell lecture at the conference and do that instead. I'll link to it when I get to work. (LATER: link here.) It's about $120, but I think it sounds so cool - who knows when I'll ever get to see manatees again? And I think it will help me deal with being so pathetically lonely for a week. I'm really wishing I'd found someone to join me there, but it's just too expensive for pretty much everyone I know to come to Florida just to hang out with me for a few days.