Sunday, May 30, 2010

First Ride of the Season

Actually, it's the first ride of TWO seasons.
Yeah. It's pretty lame.

It was hard. Very hard.
My back hurt, my butt hurt, my hands and arms hurt.
Everything hurt.
Poor Joseph went out with me - after his 50-miler yesterday and 10-mile run this morning. At least it was slow enough that he could have eaten a full course meal while riding.

Yeah. That slow.
At least it was a nice recovery ride for him.

I am really out of shape.
Really Really out of shape.

9.38 miles in 43 minutes.
Really slow.
Really really slow.

Now I have it in my head that I might do a century later this summer.

But I can't be that slow.
Or it will take me two days to finish.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Question: Do you expect us to write a self eval?

It's that time of year when we do merit reviews.

ME: Do you expect us to write a self eval?

MY BOSS: Yes. Please. Be brief, to the point.

ME: OK. I'm wonderful and I work hard. LOL.

MY BOSS: :o)


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Slow news day

From MN: woman delivers baby in traffic on highway.

From OH: police delivers fawn after giving deer mouth to mouth.

It doesn't get more interesting than this...right.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Open Letter to Elizabeth the Niece's Parents

Elizabeth is a fabulous person.

You have done a wonderful job of raising her. Most parents don't do it well while living in the same house with their children. You did it while living on the other side of the world.

Life is a journey and she has weathered many storms to get here. Your belief in her so many years ago made her brave and strong. And we were just a port for her rest in as she wants to. Everyday, she goes out into the mailstrom of life alone, and makes her own way. Every single day. You should be proud of her. And of yourselves.

We are very proud of her. She has grown so much. We will miss her when she goes to Houston but we'll always be here for her.

She has brought us laughter and love. Thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter with us.

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Random Thought: Game Boy

Thank God for the Game Boy.
It's 15 years old - older than The Boy.
But it still works.
And that's all that matters!
Especially during a long and boring graduation ceremony.
Tough for a 9 year old boy to sit through.


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Commencement Commercial Break

Brought to you direct from the Alumni Association and Ruth E Harcovitz.
"Send us your email, stay in touch, and don't forget to contribute to your alumni association. Donations are always welcome..."
Uh... What happened to the inspiring speech about your role in inspiring future prospective musicians? And how you have a responsibility to the world to keep music alive? I could have done a better job, for crying out loud. And I'm not a musician and I don't even get why anyone would spend $50,000 a year to get a piece of paper saying that you are.

What a wasted opportunity.
What an idiot.

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Another Graduation

We are at Elizabeth the Niece's graduation from NEC and I'm sitting next to John the Nephew. Of course we are sitting right in front of and off to the side of the trumpet quartet. Complete with TRUMPETS. Yah.

The processional has started and we're straining to find Elizabeth.
Who is probably going to be sitting right below us in the orchestra area.
Of course.

Me: What's Elizabeth wearing?

John: (slight pause) Black.

Me: Right.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Random Thought: Mailbox

I hate it when my OUTLOOK email box is over it's size limit!
It means I can't send email from my Blackberry.
Strangely, I can receive emails.
Of course, if I can't get to my outlook mail box by physically getting on my laptop, the mailbox just keep growing and growing, exacerbating the situation.

Ruins my day!!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sometimes you just can't run away

I have spent my entire life running away from myself.
The only thing that I do well is work.
I was never that pretty, that tall, that athletic, that graceful.
I was never even really that smart.
I always fell short of being "the best."
Even from being "almost the best."
Not even "best of the good."

I continue to search myself and see myself in ways that other people can't. Not that they should try, not that they should care.
And I see the layers of complexity that other people can't. I suppose that's to be expected.
And I have known that I am a deeply fallible human being, something that I have tried to bury beneath a blanket of what I do well... which is to work.

And it seems that continues to be the truth.
When I try to be ready, I am rushing people
When I am slow, I am making everyone else wait.
If make a statement, my statement is probably doubtful.
If I don't make a statement, why didn't I speak up?
If someone forgets something, I should have reminded them.
That about describes me and the error of my being in a nutshell.

This feels like I felt when I was 12.
Outside looking in.
Afraid to say anything because I would be hit or ridiculed.
It was easier to live in the oppressive veil of silence because nothing I did was right.
Never make a statement, never given an opinion, never think out loud because whatever I said or did, the opposite was true.
It sucked to be reminded that I sucked as a human being.

But I could work.
And so that's what I did.
And I STILL can work.
And I guess that's what I'll keep doing.
Just work.
It's the one thing that reminds me that I can matter.


Now I know what heel pain really is.

Evidently the novacain has worn off.
And it hurts.
It really really hurts!
And it's gonna hurt for another few days.


On another note, 1400 calories yesterday.
I am down two pounds.
Let's see how long this lasts.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A shot in the foot

That's exactly what I got this morning.
A cortisone shot in the heel of my right foot.
Then the doctor taped it.
Unbelievable how supportive the tape is.

I can walk but not heavy impact for a month.
I can bike and swim.
No running.
For a month.

I need to keep stretching, icing, massage, and sleeping with the night split for a month.
And then the heel should have heeled and the fascia should be stretched out enough.

Oh and when the Novocain in the cortisone wears off, the heel will hurt.
For 2-3 days.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Blackberry Thumb

Ok. Let me be the first to say it.
I have Blackberry Thumb.
When I read about it last year, I just laughed!
And now?
I have it.

I call it RSS - Repetitive Stress Syndrome.
I also call it Tendonitis.
And it's a bitch to get rid of.
And it hurts like a muthah.

I have been laying off the Blackberry.
And it is simply amazing how we use our thumb, every single minute, every single second, without a second thought.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

My First Book

When I got home from Texas, I opened up a package to find the book I ordered. Actually it's not a book, per se. It's paperback and bound but it's my blog from 2003. I saw an ad for making your "blog book" one day as I was blogging away and hit the "publish post" button. I was skeptical but I thought I'd give it a try.

I got to pick my cover - a nice orange with leaves. Hard to describe but it's pretty.

And it is 8x10 with a glossy paper cover, and really nice thick pages. There is a table of Contents for every blog entry, the blog titles are in blue, and the lettering is in black. It's simple. But very nice.

I can't remember how it's priced. I think by page and then you add on or something like this. Anyway, 6 months of blogging cost me about $54.00. Of course that included a PDF version which I haven't received yet. I thought I was getting a disk. Maybe I am getting it through email. erp... Ok. Maybe I should check my inbox!

Anyway, I think I will order a Blog Book for every year.

Now I just have to find that link to order from...


Friday, May 14, 2010

More Texas Dining

I was in Texas for work again this week. I got to try out another couple of new restaurants.

The first was Korea House in Korea town in Dallas. This was more mainstream, commercial, bigger, etc than the other places I've been to. In fact, instead of being in an attached building in a strip mall they have their own detached building in a strip mall.

Everything in Dallas seems to in a strip mall. Everything.

It was quite good with a varied selection. The only issue I had was that the red pepper paste sauce for the bibinbop was't hot enough and the ahl chigae had too many (unspicy) pepper flakes. But the fact that they even have ahl chigae tells you that the clientele is largely Korean so they have to satisfy "native" tastes.

The second place was a Tex Mex place in Grapevine called Los Cabos which someone at work recommended as THE Tex Mex Place. It was a bit of a detour between the office and the hotel but we didn't have to drive over an hour to another place that was brazilian that someone else recommended. Someone from New England, not from Texas, mind you.

Anyway, we drove through Old Grapevine which is a very quaint little area and if I have time the future just to roam around, I would mind spending and afternoon combing through the shops and eating in the little cafes. Anyway, Los Cabos is oin a strip mall (go figture). And when you enter, the first thing you notice is the array of inflatable beer marketing products hanging from the ceiling. The next thing you notice is that you made it in time for Happy Hour which means beer for $2 and margaritas for $3.95 - and it was ANY margarita - not just the plain ole same ole house margarita. Guess what I had. Perfect. Yup. A Perfect Margarita - hadn't had one of those in a long time.

I am not sure if the place was THE best Tex Mex food around since Mexican and Tex Mex all blend together and taste all the same to me - pico, salsa, guacamole, chips, tortillas, peppers.. on and on and on. Same same.

I had a spicy shrimp dish served with Mexican rice (not to be confused with Spanish rice, dirty rice, or rice with beans in it) and a very nice pico de gallo (which was so nice I asked for an extra side dish). The tortilla chips were home made (aka deep-fried) and the guacamole was amazing. The salsa tasted more like it had beans in it and it wasn't spicy at all. I was disappointed.

Overall the price was definitely right, it was very casual, and the margaritas were the right price and very very tasty, served up in big draft type glass mugs. YUMMY!

Would I go back? Sure. Might not be on the TOP of my list but good enough for me to put them on my revisit list.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

There was a time

When I used to be so excited about coming home after a trip away. I would miss my Hunny Bunny and I'd be so happy to see him.
And that hasn't changed but truthfully, I'm a little irritated at having to deal with JJ. And his yapping. And his homework. I feel like my life is a bit intruded upon.

Maybe I just shouldn't care about his yapping or his homework. Maybe it would be easier to think of him as my "ward" which if you think about it, he technically is.

I'll give that a shot and see if that dampens The Kid-induced low-grade stress that is with me 24x7.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Things I Hate: "Little Man"

When mothers talk about their sons and refer to them as:
  • My little guy
  • My little man
  • My guy
  • Etc...
It drives me nuts.

They are not YOUR little MEN!
They are little babies, sometimes toddlers, and little boys.
Calling them My Little Man is way to Oedipal for me.

I feel better now that I've let that one out.


Monday, May 03, 2010

Publication Testing

So... I am experimenting with publishing my blog in book form.

I ordered a soft copy of 2003 plus a PDF in CD form for a mere $53.00. 4 week shipping was free so I chose that - not in a big hurry, after all.

If this works out, I will do the remaining years.


Clean Water

There's a water ban in Boston. A big ole seal around a 10 ft diameter pipe broke, spilling over 237 million gallons of water. This is in Weston, and this particular pipe serves 37 towns east of there, including Boston and Brookline. This is deemed catastrophic and the governor has declared a state of emergency.

237 MILLION gallons.

That is a staggering amount of water.
And what's more staggering is the idea that we need that much water an hour.
And if you extrapolate that out to Massachusetts, and to New England, and then to the rest of the country, it's truly astounding. Actually, I think it's so astounding that there are very few words to due justice to the totally astounding nature of it all.

Anyway, they switched us over to two back up reservoirs which are not fully treated. It's like drinking pond water. So we have to boil it before drinking it, or having it touch anything that will be touching anything we eat (like dishes and utensils) and the food themselves. So we are using plasticware and paper plates with the occassional silverware and prep utensils.

We boiled a ton of water.
We have a HUGE lobster pot and we put water into that.
Then I filled two very large soup pots and boiled that.
And we have about 6 months supply of seltzer water that Joe and I drink.
And we have the water kettle. If you leave the top open a crack, it boils the water until you turn it off as opposed to shutting off automatically. So this means we can get a kettle boiling within 90 second and have it continue for a full minute or more (only a minute is required)

Since I work in Boston, work was also affected.
This morning, used the water kettle I have at work, and brought in Starbucks VIA and had a nice cup of coffee. :o))

I am now the envy of my co-workers and they are interested in how we buy in bulk and stock up.

I am crazy until you need me.