Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Since I travel for work, usually one week a summer she’ll travel with me to whatever exotic location that I may be traveling to and spend the week with me. This week happens to be one of those weeks! It is very exciting. I, like most guys I feel, identify strongly with their work. (Whenever I meet anyone new I almost certainly ask them what they “do” for a living etc) Additionally, since I am very bad about keeping in touch with people from HS, I create very close friendships with the people that I work with. So, when Tiffany is able to travel with me, she gets to meet all of my coworkers/friends and gain better perspective on how difficult it is to balance going out with working with working out etc.
This week my friends on the team have an entire week’s worth of fun activities planned for us to do. We’ve already been out for Sushi at our ‘regular’ sushi place, we’re going to go bowling, and we’re going to go to a jazz club to listen to some fun music.
So, I am very excited for this week and have probably been talking about it way too much. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations. But, if it doesn’t, there is always next summer!
It was good to get back running because I was still a bit tight from the run this past weekend. *whew* Hopefully this weekend's run will go much better. I'm still going to try to get ahead of the training and do 16 miles this weekend at approximately 8:00 for the entire run.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Additionally, because my brother in law needed to catch a flight, I started at 5:00am. So, in order to increase my visibility while it was still very dark, I wore a bright white running shirt. However, this also increased the heat effect because of the trapped moisture.
However, I did finish the miles, even though it did involve a bit of walking through crosswalks. Hopefully I'll continue to increase in speed and will be able to knock mileage out like this with ease in the coming months.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
My brother in law is in town this week, and as is usually the case, he came with propaganda. Last night, we watched the Michael Moore movie, Sicko. Overall, it wasn’t bad – but there were a few things that bugged me. First, a lot of the movie talks about European healthcare. During which, Michael Moore always uses the term “free”. Free healthcare, free meds, free surgery! FREE FREE FREE. The truth is - it is not free. It costs money. It has to come from somewhere. That somewhere is usually taxes. The other thing that bothered me was the way that Moore never gives the other side a rebuttal. It was pretty much 100% all him. And, I suppose, it is his movie…..
So, I agree with the fact that our healthcare could probably use some government help. However, don’t try to feed me bull that people in Europe don’t have 50% taxes.
Busgirl: It was church camp.
Waiter: So "yes" then?
Busgirl (quietly): Yes.
New girl: Why is the door to the file room always locked?
Veteran: Because someone might steal something.
New girl: Who all has a key?
Employee: I don't want anymore customers to come in.
Manager: I know, me either. [As old lady with walker approaches door] Dammit... I hope she dies before she gets to the door.
Also, I received an iPod for my birthday that I have been running with, however I am going to have to get different headphones. The little ear buds to NOT stay in my ears for much longer than a few minutes at a time. That makes the runs much longer than they should be.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Either way, for this run, I made a pretty conscious effort to not stop to catch my breath in the slightest. I only did once, at the half way point, and even then only for 20 seconds.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The interesting thing is that this is not the first wedding that we were invited to (or for that matter, the first that my wife was going to be heavily involved in) that was called off. I think that the common phrase that I have been hearing holds true: “Better to find out now than to get married, have kids, and then break it off”. How true is that? Fortunately, people are now coming to realize that if things aren’t going good straight away, a few years isn’t probably going to make a difference. Besides, we only get ~75 years here… why would you spend any % of them being miserable?
So, what does this mean to me? Not much really. I guess we’re going to have a birthday party on the aforementioned 08/08/08 date for my wife’s grandpa. (To not ‘waste’ the rental fee on the golf course…. *rolls eyes*) I still need to talk to her about how long we’re actually going to travel out of town. Always a battle to be sure. It is always about where we are staying, how long we are staying there, who we are having dinner with. I can only imagine if all of our family was back in Iowa. If that were the case, we’d have to balance twice as many visits in the same amount of time. I suppose both fortunately and unfortunately our family is spread from Iowa to Colorado to Arizona and everywhere in between. We get to visit them all and are able to dedicate that time to them.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Librarian, looking over patron's shoulder: You want to print that YouTube video?
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Here is a link to some of the pictures from my San Diego vacation. I think that I am going to take the more passive approach to sharing these and only send them to people who directly ask for them. I may print a few of them off for my family to see who rarely check email etc – but I don’t want to seem boastful for being able to have such a fun vacation!
- Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little 'stringy things' off of it. That's how the primates do it.
- Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
- Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Going on a week long beach vacation without getting a bit red and getting a bit sun burnt mowing the lawn the Sunday after you get back.
FYI - Vacation summary to follow once I can get caught up at work.
I recently reached a major milestone in my blog’s life. I now have over 100 posts and have had over 350 visitors. While I believe (assume?) that 90% of my readers are friends and family, I have noticed a number of very interesting domains have visited my site. Specifically, it seems that my book reviews garner the most bizarre visits to the site. Some of the visits include:
- I’ve had a number of Random House visits checking out every single one of my book reviews
- Over 5 people have searched for a book review on “You’re so Money”
- My knee in pain picture elicits probably 1 visit per week of someone searching for “knee picture” on google images
- I had someone get to my blog by searching google for “Tim Russert controversy”
- All sorts of IPs from various countries visit my blog including Switzerland, Turkey, Romania, and Japan – among others
- All kinds of google bots from various countries
I think that the run was slower than expected because I was just a bit tired from my vacation to San Diego. Lots of swimming and boogie boarding took its toll on my legs.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
However, the traditional four year anniversary gift is flowers, so she should expect to receive some gift in alignment with that tradition in the near future - hehe.
It is honestly funny how quickly the time has gone by. I am sure that at dinner tonight we'll do some reminiscing about our wedding day - a lot of which will be a nice 'refresher' for me. A lot of it I don't remember due to the excitement of the day! :)
I am not sure if I would like some sort of history book, but that would seem like the most logical choice. So, if anyone has any recommendations - let me know! I'd be all ears.
But, overall I got the mileage in and was able to log all 12 miles in this week. This weekend, according to my plan I have to run a full 12 miles - I am going to try to hit around 8:15 pace overall which should be a good test of my endurance as well as my speed.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
- Eat at El Indio which was featured on Diners Drive Ins and Dives
- Boogie Board
- Sit on the beach
- Visit the Temecula wine region
- Visit the gas lamp district
- Possibly visit Coronado Island
- Possibly tour the USS Midway
Should be a good time!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
It starts off in France where a German wine broker, Hardy Rodenstock, claims that he found a cache of 200 year old bottles of first growth Bordeaux wine that were owned by Thomas Jefferson. (Yes, THAT Thomas Jefferson). Needless to say, there is quite a response to his claim. Ultimately one of the first bottles sells at auction for an unheard of $200,000+ to Malcolm Forbes.
As more bottles are sold (nearly 30 in total) and consumed, the murmurs that they are too good to be true grow to a roar. Christie’s auction house supported Hardy’s claim that they were genuine – but of course Sotheby's claimed that they were not from the 1700’s and worked to prove their counterfeit history.
(Spoiler alert) While the book is slightly ambiguous in the end, ultimately I think that it concluded that the wine was faked. Through carbon dating among other methods, they determined that the wine was likely spiked with wine from the late 1800’s. Old wine to be sure, but not 1700’s wine.
Overall, I really liked this book and gave it 5/5 Shakespeare heads. The reason that this book received such a high rating was mostly due to the wine nerd factor. I honestly think that someone who wasn’t as involved in wine wouldn’t like it nearly as much as I did due to its deep dive into the various chateau’s of Bordeaux. However, if you are in for a history lesson and like a good mystery novel, The Billionaire’s Vinegar is a can’t miss.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Today's run was good. I actually thought that I ran a bit faster than 8:15, but I think that I may have had to stop at one too many stoplights. I calculated up that if you have to wait 60 seconds at a light, it lowers a 6 mile run by 10 seconds / mile. It sure doesn't seem like it would be that much - but it certainly is.
Come to think of it, I'll bet that is why I didn't run nearly as fast as I thought that I did during my last marathon. I walked through most of the aid stations as to not choke while drinking which probably slowed me down a bit.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I actually watched most of day 1 and day 2 of the trials. I got to see the men's 5,000 and women's 5,000 and 10,000. I came away with a few thoughts:
- I am slow
- The women look almost more fit than the men (it seemed like they all had 6 packs)
- I am slow
- The men are quite a bit faster than the women, but the men looked like they are exerting themselves tons more
- I am slow
Here is hoping that the US does well in the Olympics!