my totally awesome geeky birthday present

As I may have mentioned(whined about repeatedly), my varicose veins have consigned me to the treadmill this winter– no running, no weights, no cycling, no swimming– just good old fashioned walking. So I’ve dedicated an hour every morning in the basement as I read Shannon Hale novels or watch “24” dvds. I’ve found that I can’t read anything over an 8th grade level while walking fast: my brain and body don’t work at the same time.

But my devotion to the human conveyor belt and egg white omelets haven’t been enough– I’ve put on 10 pounds of squishy chub.

Enter the treaddesk. You can read all about them here or here. We weren’t about to pay $2000 for a fitness experiment so Erik bought an old treadmill through the classifieds, $60 worth of lumber and we’re in business.

A reading/TV workout is about 4 mph but the treaddesk is all about super-slow walking: 1-2 mph(ya know, so your brain can work too). I’ve been using it for about 10 days now and am amazed at how comfortable and easy it is to walk while you work. The developers of the treaddesk swear every office will be filled with walking workstations in the next decade– I guess it’s either that or the Axiom.


Yes, it’s sitting right out in the open so everyone asks about it. We’re going to paint it and make other improvements but it’s a work in progress.

Oh, did you want to see that photo on the computer screen?


Maybe a few more? Twist my arm.

Eden- Feb 6th, 2009- 9lbs., 20″

and if your name is Eden you simply have to stop by the greenhouse on your first day home.

February 9, 2009
February 11, 2009



  1. Annie

    February 9, 2009

    absolutely awesome. You go!

  2. jennie w.

    February 9, 2009

    Love my treadmill/computer set-up too.

  3. Nina

    February 9, 2009

    I found my way over from Denise’s blog and just wanted to say your pictures are gorgeous! where are you and can you take pictures of my little one for me sometime?

  4. dalene

    February 10, 2009


  5. Jeanelle

    February 10, 2009

    Baby Eden — fabulous pics and she is beautiful. And I saw a very familiar name in my Ensign that arrived today. 🙂

  6. Azúcar

    February 10, 2009

    I didn’t want to say anything, but it looks like that someone left a baby out in the rain. Someone should check into that.

  7. Brooke

    February 10, 2009

    you’re the only person i know who could handle that. didn’t you tell me once that you would run outside and read? or walk? (either way… you are one major multi-tasker.)

    i’m impressed. as usual.

  8. jess

    February 10, 2009

    wow. i’m impressed. and you need to let me know your prices for pics, cuz i’m dying looking at that squishy baby! only 5 more weeks till our #2 is here!

  9. Claudia

    February 10, 2009

    I want one of those! The BABY, not the treadmill 😉

  10. martha corinna

    February 10, 2009

    That’s awesome!
    Those baby pictures are so beautiful.
    When we get together we need to talk about veins.

  11. Christie

    February 10, 2009

    I fear for myself if I got one of those (the treaddesk and the baby). I’d be too thin – I’d be forced to work out every time I want computer time. And you know how I feel about the idea of getting too thin…that’d be a real shame, for sure. Who would keep hershey in business if I got thin?

  12. Jessica

    February 10, 2009

    Okay, that is the coolest set-up!

    And what a sweet baby!!!

  13. Natalie Hansen

    February 11, 2009

    Brilliant. That is the coolest thing I have ever seen. Maybe if I had something like that I might actually get my scrapbooking and exercising done. Too bad that can’t create one that will help you exercise while you are cooking.

  14. smart mama

    February 11, 2009

    oh I love it- I’d copy if I din’t have someone attached to my leg or hip all day-

  15. m_and_m

    February 12, 2009

    Hey, you moved it.

    I am still so stinking jealous. Your present is simply fabulous. And not geeky at all (or does that make me a geek, too?)

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