Saturday, May 31, 2008
I found this out first hand when swimming at one of my wife’s uncle’s pool. (Is that too many possessives?) He has a deep pool that is mostly in the shade during the day. Therefore, when we “TRIED” to go swimming, the water was a chilly 66 degrees. To put that in perspective, the last time that I was swimming in the ocean, the water was a toasty 70 degrees. While trying to grunt out the cold, I most certainly had to retell the story of shrinkage. For those of you that don’t remember the Seinfeld episode about shrinkage, check it out here. Wowza, burrrr.
Friday, May 30, 2008
I also got my first opportunity ever to knee board. It was a blast – although I did get a bit beat up. I now have scrapes on most of my toes and parts of my knees. BUT, I would totally do it again. It was actually much more fun than skiing was (if I remember water skiing).
ALSO, it did get both Tiffany and I excited to get a boat. We have always talked about getting a boat, but I think that now more than ever we are jazzed about getting one. Hopefully, here in the very near term we will be able to not only get a nice used boat, but also buy the truck/SUV that it will take to tow the stupid thing!
Here are some pictures of a different lake that he has been to – but that offers the same types of views. Also, I’ve attached a picture of the boat that we were out on.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
For all of my travels to crappy locations (*cough cough Michigan*), I think that this week’s travel has most certainly made up for it. This week I have been in southern California. Specially, I spent two days in the LA area and two days in San Louis Obispo. Below is a picture from my balcony at the hotel in SLO.
Not only did I get to spend time in a hot tub with a guy on my team, but I have ate better than I should, I got to run on the beach (3 miles, 8 ish pace), and I got to drive by dozens of vineyards. Although, I will say that being in pacific time is a pain in the neck. It usually means that I have to start work around 7am and not start until way afterwards. Although, I have been getting a bit of flack for all of the driving that I’ve been doing – and the time that it takes away from work. To which I always answer………”I get more done by 10 am than you get done all day”. Ha!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Peter Gibbons: What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Lawrence: I'll tell you what I'd do, man: two chicks at the same time, man.
Peter Gibbons: That's it? If you had a million dollars, you'd do two chicks at the same time?
Lawrence: Damn straight. I always wanted to do that, man. And I think if I were a millionaire I could hook that up, too; 'cause chicks dig dudes with money.
Peter Gibbons: Well, not all chicks.
Lawrence: Well, the type of chicks that'd double up on a dude like me do.
Peter Gibbons: Good point.
Lawrence: Well, what about you now? what would you do?
Peter Gibbons: Besides two chicks at the same time?
Lawrence: Well, yeah.
Peter Gibbons: Nothing.
Lawrence: Nothing, huh?
Peter Gibbons: I would relax... I would sit on my ass all day... I would do nothing.
Lawrence: Well, you don't need a million dollars to do nothing, man. Take a look at my cousin: he's broke, don't do shit.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Wowza, the heat REALLY slows you down. I was twice as tired as I was with a much faster pace.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I thought this blog posting title served two purposes - both the lawn is gulping water as well as the water company is gulping my wallet.
Additionally, I really love the fact that the governator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he would block any attempt to am mend the constitution to ban marriage. I am sure that this will not make him any friends within the republican party - and will probably cost him some cronies - but is ultimately the right decision. After all, he WAS the first one to accept girly men. Now, if we could just get him to accept bears as well, we'll be set!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Additionally, I did walk 2 miles with my wife before the run - so it was really 6 miles - right? :)
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Overall the book was a super easy and fun read. It had great concepts on budgeting, a section on the stock market by Jim Kramer, chapters on car/apartment/house purchasing, etc. Essentially all of the little and big decisions that us 20 something’s need to make on a daily basis. Farnoosh, with her very casual and funny tone, gives lots of real world examples which help to put a frame of reference around her advice. The great thing about her real examples is that they are not how she bought 500,000 shares of google and used the money to finance her own private island. Instead, they are examples of how she babysat on the weekends for extra money for an expensive pair of jeans.
I give this book 4 (out of 5) Shakespeare heads. I think that it was a really good book – even better for my little sister who I think that I may let borrow the book this summer.
I need a new roof. Mother Nature huffed and puffed and my singles blew off. I now have a number of spots that are missing shingles and a number of spots where the tar paper is showing through. Not good.
There are many reasons why this makes me mad, so I will list them out!
- It costs money – about 3500 to 4000 to be exact
- I have to deal with contractors that don’t return phone calls
- I have to work with insurance companies who drive me up a wall
BUT, I am happy to report that I think that I have found a good contractor to replace the roof who is willing to do it for what I think is a good price. So, hopefully by the end of next week I’ll be waterproof for another 25 years – even though I’m only planning on staying in this house for a couple more years tops.
I recently got a txt from my brother in law saying that his company (he is a pilot) recently changed their policy on drinking. Previously, it was 8 hours “bottle to throttle”. That is, you could not drink within 8 hours of flying. This is probably about what it should be. That way, even a crazy drinking binge would be out of your system by the time that you were flying the plane. However, they now changed it to 12 hours bottle to throttle. This means that for all effective purposes he cannot drink any alcohol during the week while he is flying. If he has a 7:00am flight, he would have to be completely done doing anything by 7:00pm. Not exactly the ‘peak hours’ for having a good time.
The solution? Nonalcoholic Beer. That is right – nonalcoholic beer! I have to hand it to him, I am not sure that I would be willing to 1) put up with those types of restrictions and 2) be dedicated enough to actually drink NA beer. So, he most certainly gets my respect for bellying up to the bar and ordering an Odouls. I am honestly not sure that I could do it. I think that I would probably order a ginger ale and try to make it LOOK like I was drinking a gin and tonic or something.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Distance: 3 miles
Pace: 6:55 min miles
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I then proceeded to do lunges based on the recommendation of a friend of mine – and my ass is paying the price. (That is what she said) Probably all the more reason to do more lunges.
Check out my handy work here!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Other interesting combinations that I have been witness to are corn with olive oil, roasted potatoes with TONS of olive oil, and my personal favorite, just about anything covered in a creamy wing sauce.
I wonder if I could get olive oil on French Fries… I had better check tomorrow’s menu.
Friday, May 2, 2008
That said - freaking tornado sirens are ominous. Last night they were going off with increasing frequency for most of the evening.
On a side note, there is no quicker way to piss of a person from Kansas than to make a Wizard of Oz reference. That is because, there IS a better place than home – it is called the beach.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
I have worked to thin the herd as much as possible and I think that I’ve gotten my TV list down to the few select shows that I ‘must’ watch. They are in order of importance:
- The Office
- Deadliest Catch
- John and Kate + 8
- CSI Miami
I am sure that there are other shows that I like to watch but don’t catch on a regular basis. For example, dirty jobs, modern marvels, and most recently some reality show on PBS about aircraft carriers. BUT, that was never part of the original goal. It was to reduce the amount of regularly scheduled TV that I watch. Which, I think that I’ve done a pretty good job with.
So, with all of my free time, I think that I might try to get back into golf. It is outdoors, it is sort of exercise, and it is something that my wife likes to do too. A triple threat really.