- Water the lawn
- Balance the checkbook
- Help with laundry
- Mow the lawn
- Wash the car
- Grill something outside while drinking a beer
- Go shopping for some running supplies
Sunday, August 31, 2008
I very much hope that it doesn't happen again.
Friday, August 29, 2008
So, what is a guy to do? The same thing that any 7 year old guy does when he likes something……. He makes fun of it. For every cool application or fun game that she finds, I try in vain to make fun of it even more. For the time being, it seems to be working, however I’m quickly running out of things to say.
I can’t help but think that this is somehow all Steve Job’s fault.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Please get rid of those STUPID little triangle water cups in the gym. I realize that paying the extra $4 per year on normal paper cups may cause your entire organization to go under, but it is worth it. After running, I get lazy and only drink two of the stupid little triangle deals. This then makes me dehydrated for the rest of the day. I’ll tell you what, I’ll give up one of the 80 pillows that you put on the bed for the better cups. Deal?
Love you forever and always,
The movie is ½ spoof (think ‘Scary Movie’) and ½ comedy/action flick starting Ben Stiller among others. The movie was very funny in some spots but a little cheesy in others. Overall, the funny spots win due mostly in part to some very crude high school level humor. I could see 17 year old Adam LOVING this movie and not even questioning going to it again. (On a side note, Ben Stiller was RIPPED in this movie. I need to know what he did to get that big. After all, if he can get that big, then there is hope for even me.)
Either way, if you don’t want to have to think and you want to see some stuff explode, then Tropic Thunder is probably worth your time. Now, whether or not any more is worth the $45 that it costs to go to the theatre is a different post all together.
8/27 Run: 8 miles, 8:00 pace. (Probably – GPS watch was acting up because of buildings). I ran in the St Louis arch park and got SOAKED by their sprinklers.
8/28 Run: 5 miles, 8:13 pace. For some reason, today’s run was a little tougher than previous runs. I am really looking forward to this weekend’s shorter 13 mile run.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Of course, I could quite easily open all of the shades and try to let some of the sunshine in. However, for some reason when I do this, I come back to my cube to find that they are all closed again. So, someone obviously doesn’t want them open for whatever reason. I think that my client may be hiring vampires.
Now, I have no logical reasoning for my thoughts, however I am very strongly against my wife not taking my last name. Luckily, when the time came for me to get married, this wasn’t an issue – my wife gladly took my name and all was right with the world. However, it did get me thinking as to what I would have done if she didn’t want to take the last name. Would I have had a fit and required it as part of joining my “family unit”? Probably not, but it makes me wonder. Now that I think about it more, there certainly would have been some ‘heated discussions’ about the issue. :)
I also wonder what the driver is for a woman’s preference on not taking her husband’s last name. I expect that it has something to do with her personal identity etc. I can respect that in the sense that I certainly don’t want to change MY name.
Finally, (as if there wasn’t enough rambling in this post) a male member of the account team that I am on changed HIS name before he had kids because his name was slightly derogatory. I honestly respect his decision a lot. I am not sure that I would have had the chutzpah to do that.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The check engine light was on. It cost $80 to just look at the code to determine what the issue was. REALLY!? I am by no means a car expert, but I am not a novice either, so I know that this takes only 10 minutes. Either way, I’m glad I did pay it, because it found that one of my cylinders wasn’t firing correctly because of a bad spark plug. Plugs, wires, and a new gasket (Oh and must we forget $200) later, all was right with the world. Also, at 100,000 miles, a transmission flush is required. Honestly, I wasn’t too sure about this (not only because it was $160). But, now that it is done, it was probably money well spent. Finally, we had them change the oil and perform some other miscellaneous items. Total bill: $600.
In the grand scheme of things, this isn’t too bad. I mean, it is just 1.5 months of payments on our other car, but it was still an expense that I wasn’t really planning on. Honestly, I really wish that I could get an electric car. It seems that there would be a lot fewer moving parts in something like that.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I am still hemming and hawing over my decision to go with Scottrade for my primary investment account. I have been hearing more and more about Zecco and their free dividend reinvestment services. The more I learn about stock trading, the more I am realizing that I see myself as more of a buy and hold stock investor than a day trader. I really don’t like to have multiple accounts floating around everywhere, so I’ll likely stick with Scottrade. The $7 per trade that they charge (even for dividend reinvestment) is really nominal in the grand scheme of things. After all, I DID spend $3.50 on coffee and milk at Starbucks today.
On a side note, I think that I may try to bundle these running posts as not to clutter up my blog with 20 posts per month. That is, unless I can’t think of any other things to write about….
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Dear America, The phrase "You look tired" means "You look like shit today." Everyone knows that. So, stop using it. Next time someone tells me I look tired, I'm going to say "Yeah, well you look..not hungry."
If you require five creams and four sugars, you should probably come to terms with the fact that you don't like coffee.Since i was 12 years old, my dream was to drive a Ferrari. I found a guy who will let me drive his Ferrari, but I can am only allowed to drive it for one day, and I have to pay him $5000 for the privilege. Actually, theres a guy with an even nicer Ferrari for $6000, which I can also drive for one day. I need that one instead. I can't settle for the $5000 one anymore. Doing this would make me so happy. Sure, I may seem like a selfish, money wasting sucker. However, change the word "Ferrari" to "Wedding Dress" and suddenly I'm not the only one.
This is most important when a wife is presenting a problem. Conventional wisdom would suggest that she would want her issue solved. Oh no. If anything, the husband manual will systematically explain how conventional wisdom almost never applies when it comes to women. For guys, CW says that if another guy is complaining about something, you help them fix it. It doesn’t matter if the guy complaining is the US Ambassador to the Ukraine and the issue is with foreign relations – every guy has some input that he can share. However, when a woman is presenting a problem, it is usually just to vent. Again, I don’t care if your wife is having trouble picking her backup running back for the weeks when Larry Johnson is not playing – do not try to solve her issue.
Rather than solving the issue, husbands should try saying some of these comments at regular intervals:
- What do you think about that?
- How does that make you feel?
- I agree.
- (Insert name of wife’s close friend here) is dumb.
- Can you believe how cute Brad and Angelia's babies are?
- Did you hear about that money truck that went by our house yesterday while you were sleeping?
- It had just finished raining so the humidity was about 8000% (give or take)
- I was closing out a series of 18 miles (37 on the week) and am pretty sore
- After 3 days of getting up at 5:15, I am just generally tired
- My hamstring has been giving me a bit of issues
HOWEVER, all of those are excuses and I will be running my 19 on Saturday. As my training peaks, it will really start to test me and my motivation to continue to crank out 'good' runs. Of course, I'll keep everyone posted!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Not bad for celebrating the fact that I didn't die over the last 365 days. Score one for me!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
However, I did forget to stretch back out after I was done. So, as I sit at my desk typing this blog post I am starting to get a little tight. Hopefully I can get some good stretching in throughout the day today. I think that I may go for a walk tonight around the hotel or restaurant or something to try to loosen up a bit as well. I suppose we’ll see how it goes during the run tomorrow morning.
Monday, August 18, 2008
I recently informally learned that I will be promoted to the position of “Manager”. This was from the previous title of “Consultant”. It is actually a rather large promotion which will bring me slightly more into the lead development and management side of our work as opposed to the delivery side. Of course, that is what I assume is the case. I know slightly what expect, but not entirely.
Did anyone else notice the generic titles that Accenture has? I mean, Consultant? Manager? It is sort of like the organizations that use roman numerals for their titles. Worker I, Worker II, and Worker III do have a ring to them, but I doubt that anyone knows what the heck they mean.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
As I understand it, caffeine is a stimulant, so it would make sense that it would speed up the flow of things. But why does alcohol have the same affect if it is a sedative? If anything, conventional wisdom should say that beer would make you pee LESS not more.
Overall, I think that I just pee way too much. I wonder if I could get some sort of extra bladder built into part of my body to store extra. That would certainly make for less peeing…..
One thing that is a bit interesting is that the people out running seemed pretty serious about it. One guy had on a KC marathon T-Shirt for example. So, maybe it is just us crazies that are out at that time.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
There was some confusion that I assume everyone who has moved to the city from a rural area has had to deal with. That is, the naming of meals. For me, I have three meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is not the case, however for just about everyone in Iowa. For them, it is breakfast, dinner, and supper. My late grandma used to call "lunch" a snack that you had after school. A very small difference that caused a lot of confusion throughout the week.
For example, I had a conversation with my grandpa about going over to his house to eat. I said something like "I'll swing by and we can have some dinner". To which he responded "Oh, are you coming over for dinner too?" To which I sighed, and tried to explain to him which meals I was going to spend at his house. This exchange repeated itself numerous times throughout the week. Not a big deal, I just chuckled to myself each time it happened. I'm a "city" boy now....
Don't even get me started on pop vs soda..........
Monday, August 11, 2008
When asked what the best camera to get for scenic photos, I say to get the cheapest camera they can find, under the stipulation that they take the remaining money that they would have otherwise spent and go on vacation somewhere beautiful. Being at the right place at the right time is a thousand times more important than the camera used.
This small lake in Auburn, MA was right outside of my hotel, so I took a short hike to enjoy the scenery and unwind. I even made a little chipmunk friend who followed me around for a while. I purposely waited to take photos of the lake until the light was right. Patience is really the key with most photography. Like many of my other photos, this was taken with my Canon SD800IS point-and-shoot camera. The IS (Image Stabilization) was really important with this photo since light was fading. If I had been willing to lug around fifty pounds of equipment, I was have had a 12-24mm lens on my D200 body, mounted to a tripod, set the aperture to somewhere around f/8, and expose for as long as needed. But it was a LOT simpler to just pull my pocket camera out, hold still, and press the button.
Bottom line, photography should be fun and relaxing, not work.
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I got to run in Pocahontas, IA again - which was as fun as last time. It was neat to run around the town and see all of the various people out and about. However, I think that if I had to do 100% of my running there I might go a bit bonkers.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I have ran with it approximately 10 times. The last 3 times, it has died on me while running. The first time I thought that it was just because the batteries were dead. The second time, I thought that it was just a fluke. However, the third time (this morning) I knew something was up. Our President might say "fool me once, shame on you...... fool me twice....... can't, uhhhh, can't get fooled again!".
In addition to dying for a third time, when I plug it into my computer to charge / sync, it doesn't recognize that I have an iPod in the doc. Trouble. There are three likely causes for this:
- I got a dud iPod
- Sweat from running got into the inners of the iPod and messed it up
- Steve Jobs is secretly trying to drive me mad
My money is on #3, but I think that I am going to have to take it to the Apple store to complain very shortly either way.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
During my first run, I honestly didn't expect to see many people out jogging or walking but to my surprise, there were a fair amount of people out on the streets walking. Granted, almost all were above 70 years old, but I suppose that is how you get to be above 70 years old. You get out before 6:00am and get the blood flowing.
The other interesting thing about running around a small town was that there were no side walks - and the streets were arched HIGH. I could definitely feel the fact that I was running on a slant if I was too far to one side of the road. So, for the most part, I just ran in the middle of the street.... and cars were NEVER a problem.
Finally, I never realized how small the town is! I ran 7 miles this morning and pretty much ran to all 4 corners of the city, down main street, past the school, past the fairgrounds, past where my wife used to live and still had time / miles to kill putzing around among the various roads.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Never, under ANY circumstances wake up a sleeping wife. EVER. I don't care if there is a money truck driving by and it is spilling money out the back. NEVER.
Further chapters to follow.
- I believe that my wife has a new found respect for business travel and the toll it takes. Certainly she was not used to it, but either way I do know that she was very exhausted come Thursday afternoon.
- Additionally, I do get some bonus points because I was able to prove to her that the team actually DOES eat at 8:00pm every day. Plus, it really does take us 2 hrs to eat. I wasn't making that up.
- My wife was super excited to meet the team and had a positive reaction to everyone. This is especially important to me as I now call a number of my team members close friends.
- My wife thinks that I am a huge "doorknob" (her words) because I am friends with the people in the hotel. She is probably just jealous.
- I will say that it added a new level of complexity to traveling with her though. I often found it difficult to balance my work obligations, my personal schedule (running etc), and the social calendar that Tera had put together. Overall, I averaged about 5.5 hrs of sleep and 9 hours of work per day. I'll admit that I was a little exhausted come Thursday afternoon as well!
- In summery, I really had fun having her in town with me. Hopefully now that she has figured out how to get all of her stuff into one carry on suitcase, we'll do it more often!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Generally speaking, I really do like planning them. It mixes up the day and allows me to interact with people from the local office. (Granted, I do a LOT of complaining about these events during the planning stages. The people close to me are very familiar with this and I am sure are VERY tired of hearing about it.) Also, probably one of the best perks is that I get to spend all sorts of firm money! The budget for the last event was somewhere in the neighborhood of $30,000. Not chump change to be sure.
Well, the summer meeting was yesterday and went essentially OK. We had the event at Worlds of Fun a local amusement park. We had great attendance and overall I believe that everyone had a good time. The company bought tickets for everyone to get into the park, paid for dinner, parking and spending money, and also had free massages on site, offered free go cart races, and had a scavenger hunt where people could win prizes for finding random things inside of the park.
While I am glad that my party planning is over for at least a few months if not longer, I am happy knowing that if I needed to throw together a impromptu wedding, I could probably do it within a week. Shoot, I'd even throw in a 1/2 day power point presentation for free.
I'm not really sure how to 'count' what I did today. It was another gloriously hot day. 75 when I started, 84 when I finished. I think that I heard 70% humidity.
I was clicking along at 8:25 pace when I got a really bad case of runners gut around mile 13. So bad in fact that I almost went into a convenience store, no shirt on - dripping with sweat, to use their bathroom. I decided against it as I wasn't sure if they would let me in there without a shirt on. So, I thought that I could hopefully try to walk it off. Which I did - but it took almost a mile and about 15 minutes. So, my final pace was 9:25, and my final mileage was 16 miles. So, I suppose that I could report my running a number of ways:
16 miles, 9:25 pace
15 miles, 8:25 pace
16 miles, 8:25 pace
So, for the purpose of this blog, I reported it the best way possible. Hey, why not right?