Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bell Lap

One week to go in my academic career... but who's counting?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Totally the right decision

Having 3 hours done before your race would have even started = good
Already being home when that 3 hours is over = better
Making it to the baseball field to see your son's game = best

Friday, April 24, 2009

Knowing your limits

When your a motivated and slightly neurotic type-A person, the hardest thing in the world to do is knowing when to say when. You go go go go go go go and everything goes well enough that it doesn't all fall apart, but the trick is to recognize that the next go could force it to do so. That happened tonight. I've truly hit the perfect storm of commitments right now and it dawned on me that going to Turtle Pond tomorrow would have been the last straw. After 9 years I really don't need to jeopardize the last 2 weeks of grad school and/or blow the first really big opportunity I've gotten at work. I also don't need to fall asleep and drive myself into a guardrail on the way home from Loudon. I'll hit the early Saturday morning beatdown ride instead. It'll be more miles, more fun, and I can ride there in 20 minutes... call it a belated earth day contribution. Even though I'm out $30 or whatever it was and I'm skipping what was supposed to be a target race, it's amazing how much better I feel. Have a good weekend all. Wear sunscreen... what's the current over-under on how many of your coworkers will have hideously painful looking sunburns on Monday? :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009


About the only major sport that I have never played in an organized fashion is baseball. I grew up in a soccer town... if you did any sports it was soccer. I know they had little league at some point because my cousin played, but I honestly don't know a single kid who played when I was little. I'm counting my distinguished career in neighborhood pond hockey and men's pickup leagues as "organized" because there were uniforms involved and we kept track of who won. The extent of my "bat sports" experience however has been limited to wiffle ball and that typically involved holding beer and/or food while batting. Oh and don't forget all those fundamentals I've picked up from watching T-ball. So when my buddy called me up and asked me if I was interested in joining a softball league what else would I say but "Sure!" This could be comical...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sunshine and Kittens (or puppies if that's your thing)

After the recent insinuation that all I do is bitch and whine, I'll keep this upbeat... which will also mean short... oh wait... I think that's the lead in to more bitching and whining... anywho... Really very little other than status quo going on. Wednesday marks t-minus 4 classes. I had a killer ride Saturday in the 2 hour window where it didn't rain. I ran today for the first time in literally months and running is still pretty relaxing. Looking like I'll race Saturday with the other 5 people not going to Battenkill down at Ninigret.

Yup... told you it'd be short...

Thursday, April 02, 2009

My Son the Trooper

And no I don't mean law officer although if that happened some day I'd sure be proud of him... Our middle son has come down with mono. He looks and sounds about as miserable as one can be. Just picture the worst sinus congestion you can imagine and then swell up most everything else in your head and neck for good measure. Then punch yourself in the spleen and just simply be worn out for no good reason. Sounds fun huh? Not only has he not really complained to speak of, but he got up this morning and grabbed the mountain of homework that was sent home to start working on it without us saying a word. He's cozied up in bed now with the pile next to him and he works on it every so often when the mood strikes him. I asked him if he needed something and other than some crackers and water (all he feels like eating) he was like "Nah, I'm good". We still don't know how long he's out of school for so we'll see how long it takes the stir-crazies to set in :)