How fun would this be, if it all comes together!
October 30, 2008
Feeling guilty today. So far, it is the nicest day of the week and I drove to work. I biked to work on the coldest morning, so far this fall, and drove today.....how does that work?
Well, I will tell you how it works. I had a bunch of stuff to do over lunch and logistically there was no way I could have covered the amount of ground I need to and get back to work in my allotted time for lunch. Oh, well, tomorrow is another day. I will be ready to scare the kiddos tomorrow night!
October 29, 2008
Happy Birthday, Dad!
Guessing you and mom are cutting up the rug in heaven today!
Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him. BUMP... BUMP... BUMP...
Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing quickly behind him.. FASTER... FASTER... BUMP... BUMP... BUMP....
He runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in, slams and locks the door behind him.However, the casket crashes through his door, with the lid of the casket clapping. clappity-BUMP... clappity-BUMP... clappity-BUMP... on his heels, as the terrified man runs. Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, he locks himself in. His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps.
With a loud CRASH the casket breaks down the door. Bumping and clapping toward him. The man screams and reaches for something, anything, but all he can find is a bottle of cough syrup! Desperate, he throws the cough syrup at the casket.... and, then the coffin stops.
October 28, 2008
Today I have dead legs, kind of, they are just tired Not sure way. The commute today was better then yesterday, guessing it was because there was no wind this morning and there was a NW wind yesterday. I left the sunglasses in the truck as to avoid the fogging issue, but have them ready for the ride home for lunch.
My biking issues are such small little issues compared to what life brings us. I can still walk, talk, have my mind, although sometimes that is in question, pretty much do what I want, with in reason, and most days there is not pain. There are others however that fight every second of every day for a semi normal life. Yes, I am lucky, like most of us, we have our health, but all of us know that we will be dealt a card in our lives that we really will want to put back in the deck or give back to the dealer, unfortunately we can not. We deal with the hand we are dealt. Is that where the saying DEAL with it comes from?.....who knows, but I know in given situations that is what we do is deal with it the best we can. Most deal with it privately and others share with close friends and family and still others will put it our there for all of us to be part of. Guess that is what bloggers do is put things out there, but some keep personal struggles personal. I would imagine it is very therapeutic or cathartic for a lot of us to write about our feelings, well it is for me anyway and others I assume also. It really takes a lot to open a person's life up to let the whole world be a part of it through the good times and the not so good times.
The reason behind this blog entry? If you do not read Fatty's blog take a peek over there and add them to your pray list, if you do that sort of thing. They are a brave family putting their life experiences out there even when life goes on to a new chapter.
Why does Fatty's blog hit so close to home, when I have never met or probably will never meet their family? Kris's sister, Susan, was in almost the same boat as Fatty's wife. They both have / had multiple brain tumors that are/were cancer, both named Susan and both have / had kid(s). The struggles Fatty's wife is going through is almost like a mirror to what Susan was going through. Both Kris and I read Fatty's blog last night and we both felt what the family is going through. Not easy for us to read about as it brings emotions back to the surface even after a few years. The heart still knows the heavy hurt of loss.
This is why we ride for a cause. This is why we buy Livestrong bracelets. This is why we donate money to help find a cure. This is our purpose.
October 27, 2008
It is official...this is the coldest temperature (26 degrees) I have ridden my bike in! My new purchases worked pretty well, windstopper jacket, good upper base layer and the face mask. I had one big issue today and that was my sunglasses fogged up big and bad. I ended up pulling over and taking them off so then I was without my mirror and the eyes kind of teared a bit. Not a big deal as far as the mirror goes as I can still crank my head around to look but when you are used to using it and then not having it, I became a bit more "Timmy" as they say! Now, the only thing is dealing with scull cap head once I get to work.........vanity be thy name!
October 26, 2008
Missing 1-a/c cover, gray with black trim. Similar to the picture below, minus the snow.
Last night we got home and I took Abe outside in the backyard. I noticed that the a/c cover was gone from the a/c! We cleaned the garage, somewhat yesterday, and I gave Kris the job of covering the a/c. Me and the boy went inside and I asked Kris about the cover and she said of course she covered it. So both of us armed with flashlight were sneaking around the neighborhood last night in search of $12.99 a/c cover! It was pretty funny. Anyway it was not found. Mr Mayor if you see it in Rowena give us a call....awh, hell, with this wind I am guessing it is in Tennessee by now!
Or if you wear a wig!
I gave up on a ride yesterday. Yup, totally gave up. I had to call the SAG wagon to come get me. We had decided that a bunch of friends would meet up for breakfast yesterday at 9:00am at Tinner's, 69th and Minn. I decided I wanted to get a bike ride in so, I told Kris I would leave early and head out on the bike with a small stop at the bank to deposit a check. Got to the bank and it was closed so, I hit the bike trail getting on the asphalt path at 12th street to head south, into the wind, to Western then Western to 69th and 69th to Minnesota Ave. Ok, so that was the route. Anyway, I make it to Westward Ho Country Club area and start to get pretty cold. I was layered up ok but I still have not found my neck gaiter so I used a bandanna and the face and neck are was getting cold. I stopped to adjust clothing and had a GU since I had not had breakfast yet. The destination of the ride would refuel the body, so I thought. I also had cold water which some of you might know that I am not a big fan of drinking COLD water when I ride or just in general. Your body does not absorb it as fast as with a little warmer water. So I filled my bottle with cold water before I left the house and as I road it got colder so drinking it made me feel colder when I did have a swig. I had some issues also with my hands tingling since I only had winter gloves on with no padding in the right areas. With all this going on and running really late, I decided to call Kris and have her meet me at Western Ave or Yankton Trail Park area for you soccer players reading this blog. Yup, SAG wagon. DANG IT.
We had a great breakfast and good conversation with the group before heading to a winter clothing outlet sale. I figured I would get smarter about some of the things I needed for my cold weather cycling. Ends up I found a windstopper jacket and a base layer undershirt for a good price so they were purchased. I then went to Scheel's and picked up an under armour face mask. I am hoping it will work ok. It covers your nose and down your neck. I have the Pearl Izumi scull cap already and didn't feel I needed the all in one mask by UA. So it is all a trial by error for me yet with the cold weather riding.
Temp was 36 when I headed out. I only made it 5.28 before I gave in.........UGH, still learning and not giving up.
October 24, 2008
I was flipping through the channels, channel surfing as they call it, last night and found Planet Green. I had never seen this channel before and didn't know we even got this channel. It was interesting to watch. First off they shopped at a Whole Foods store which has lots of organic food. The store looked like it would be fun to shop at. Now, I am not huge on the organic stuff but this place looked fun with all the fresh fish. We watched Emeril Green. It is Emeril Lagasse, world renowned chef of pork fat, showing people how to prepare a good balanced meal from using more organic food. The chef of pork fat showing how to eat organic, IRONIC, maybe pork fat is technically organic? Anyway I decided to get on the world wide web, the internet as they call it, today and check out the Planet Green site. Look what I found. They actually have a cycling tip of the week section! I might have to check into this site a bit more in the future.
Cycling Cathy's recent blog was about finding motivation anywhere you can find it to get out and ride. So, last night I decided I needed to commute to work this morning. The motivation behind this was bald N surly and Dan. I thought if Dan could commute to work on Wednesday morning in the pouring rain wearing sandals and bald N surly could ride in the pouring rain and the cold of the darkness then I could ride in the cool morning drizzle. Turns out, no drizzle was to be had only damp, cool, 39 degree air this morning.
The choice of clothes, my work clothes of course, jeans, t-shirt, CUBS polar fleece pull over, thick socks and work type boots, then over that, I pulled on some lined nylon pants, my biking rain jacket, helmet (of course) and winter gloves. Turns out, I was sweating when I got to work. Those rain jackets do not breath very well. The only negative is that I could not find my neck gator so my ears and neck were a bit on the cool side but that was it. I also started out without my lights on. I never even thought of it until I met a few cars so I pulled over and put on the trusty head light and tail light. I felt better doing this. I also still had my sun glass lenses in instead of my clear lenses. Oh well, nothing hurt there. All a mater of figuring things out yet and what works best I imagine. I will figure it out soon enough. I never thought I would ever be riding a bike if the temps got below 50!
All in all a good ride to work but feels strange pedaling a bike with boots on.
Next week it is sounding like good weather. Get out on your bike, walk, golf or whatever. Just don't sit there and waste the good weather while we have it! There is not going to be many more days like it!
October 23, 2008
Well, not much to post about. Had a fun time last night with a group of us meeting at the Attic for a birthday. A day late celebration for one of our friends. Of course as always, laughter, libations and good food were had. A bunch of us had the artery clogger. It is a cheeseburger with peanut butter and a fried egg. It is good. Both Kris and I ate half ours then had the rest for supper tonight. If you have never had a hamburger with peanut butter on it you are missing out! I am not a huge peanut butter fan at all and I think they are quite good. Sometimes you need to order a side of extra peanut butter to slather more on them....YUMMY!
Later I met with a couple wild dudes to talk bike stuff at Monk's. One said dude even braved the elements last night and rode up on his bike. I am sure the zip lock baggy under his helmet made the difference....just kidding bald n surly! It was raining pretty good and cold by the time we left Monk's and he even turned down a ride. Get those miles in Mr Surly, you can do it! It sure felt good sitting by the fireplace at Monks. Gotta love that.
If it is not raining tomorrow I will hop on the Ol'fisher to commute to work. I have to reserve judgement on that until morning but I am thinking pretty strongly about it... well, at this point anyway.
Weekend plans include cleaning the garage, starting the snowblower and moving it up to the front of the garage, maybe a bike ride if the weather holds and if other life priorities do not get in the way.
Tomorrow is Friday! Kongaloosch everyone!
October 21, 2008
We made a purchase last week from craigslist. I had been looking on there for bikes and occasionally browse for furniture and last week I found a leather recliner from there. I did a little emailing with the recliner owner and with a trip to see it and a little bartering we have a new to us recliner.
The only thing wrong with it is that their puppy chewed a little corner of the foot rest which you can see in the picture. That part of the recliner can be unscrewed and the leather replaced and even if we can't get the same color to match, that part of the recliner flips down and is not seen with it is upright position. This will be done soon. All in all a good experience with craigslist. I think we got a pretty good deal for $175 since it is a brand name recliner!
Bike and body were happy yesterday! I rode back to work after lunch. Abe, the dog, had been so tired from the weekend that I decided he needed to nap a bit longer and not go back to work with me. The Ol'Fisher was happy to be on the road again even though our usual route had to be altered because of road construction. The route home I went my usual way and then drove through the construction....I know, bad girl.
Since we are to get rain today and tomorrow I decided I need to get the yard mowed. I was amazed at how damp the grass was yet. Oh well, I lowered the deck on the mower and went at it. The back yard took two mowing passes each at different levels as the grass is thicker back there. Got it done and I have to say that is a good thing but boy was I tired last night. Never made it through my TV show. Pretty sure I was asleep by 9:30.
This morning I went to Lewis with all the blue hairs to get my flu shot! I paid my $28 and sat in the chair to have a nursing student give me the inoculation. Que the twilight zone music.......The nursing student told me that the lady that had been in the chair for her shot right before me had the same birthday as I did but a different year. Of course you know me....I had to say, "REALLY?" A DIFFERENT YEAR?, That seems odd!" the student laughed, since almost everyone in there to get their shots have 20-30 years on me. The older guy next to me was a bit nervous I think. He asked the student, when she didn't take the cap off the needle if she was a student! Of course she replied, "Yes". He looked a bit nervous. Pretty funny. I figure hey, they have to practice on someone and a flu shot is pretty harmless unless you have reactions to it. Not sure I would be in line if they were practicing starting IVs!
October 19, 2008
Where do the weekends go?
We hit Murdo's Friday night for a late supper with, Joan, Luther and Rose. The walleye was wonderful! Of course we went to leave and the Bravada didn't want to start. A nice guy parked next to us gave us a jump and of course we headed back to the clubhouse right away after a lot of thank yous to this kind man. Luther checked out the battery and saw the terminal was a bit corroded so we dumped some diet coke on it to clean it up and of course it started right up. Amazing to think that diet coke will clean off battery terminals. I wonder what it really does to our insides when we drink this stuff? The next morning the old bravada started right off again so we think it was a corrosion issue but still need to get it checked out this week.
Met up with some friends that so kindly agreed to haul Kris's moms love seat back to Sioux Falls for us in their camper with that has a toy hauler. AGAIN THANKS. We had lunch with them before they headed back to Sioux Falls and then Kris and I did some winter organizing at the clubhouse. We got all the patio furniture, hoses all inside and then did some organizing in the garage.
Saturday night we went to the forth play of the Lewis and Clark theater season, Death Trap, a comedy thriller. It was really good. Small cast of five and it all took place on one set. The play really takes a lot of twist and turns. A couple of older ladies that sat behind us were scared at one part and kind of screamed. It was funny. The play was good and has to be my favorite so far this theater season. Next up is It's a Wonderful Life in hitting the stage in December and we can't wait.
Sunday we went to church. I had a couple people come up to me and thank us again for the memorial in my mom's name., the waxless candles. They commented on how quick they light and how pretty they are and of course they are. Mom's spirit will always burn bright and be part of every celebration at Vangen Lutheran Church! The other thing that happened was there was a baptism. The baby's middle name was Mae which was my mom's middle name and spelled the same. Then one more thing was the we sang Borning Cry which we sang at mom's funeral. I guess we were meant to be there today! Headed over to Joan and Luther's for brunch after church before Kris and I headed back to Sioux Falls for more fun! We picked up the love seat from our friends house then took it out to her moms. We then had to move a couch, lift chair and carpet up to Kris's grandmothers house for storage then we had to take if Kris's moms patio furniture. OK, WE ARE DONE HAULING / MOVING FURNITURE FOR A LONG TIME!
The down side to the weekend. No bike ride. Today would have been the best day to crank the pedals but it was not meant to be. My bike is not happy with me. I was going to get the tie downs out of the garage and while moving my bike it kind of tipped and the chainring bit me on the shin. I guess it is pay backs and it was well deserved..........
October 17, 2008
George S. Mickelson Trail to Mt. Rushmore Connector Trail Being Studied
RAPID CITY, S.D. – An open house will be held Wednesday to gather input on a proposed non-motorized recreational trail connecting Mount Rushmore and the George S. Mickelson Trail.
The meeting will take place at 728 Sixth Street in Rapid City from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The public is asked for input into the benefits, challenges and issues that may be encountered in planning a trail connecting the George S. Mickelson Trail with Mount Rushmore.
Wyss Associates, Inc. has been contracted by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks to prepare a routing study for the proposed connector trail.
October 16, 2008
Been trying to organize the bike stuff so it is not ALL over the place. Bought one of these to store all the bike gear in for two people. I put the helmets, shoes, trunks, water bottles, shorts, socks, jerseys, camel baks, lights, misc tools, pumps, GU, Cytomax in there so they are all together now. Should be nice! The only thing is that it is in the basement so trekking downstairs after a longer ride might not be so good but I guess since the beer fridge is in the basement there is a nice recovery drink that can be had before trekking back up the stairs!
Tonight I am going to try and reorganize a few things in the basement and move some furniture around in the "family room" area as we bought a leather recliner from someone on Craiglist. The recliner is in good shape and is mission style. It has one little corner of the footrest that their puppy chewed a bit but it will not take much to repair it. It was a good deal. Come to find out the guy that was selling it has relatives that lived in the Mission Hill area that used to go to Vangen Lutheran Church, my home church when living in Yankton. Small world...........
Heading to Yankton this weekend. Should be fun. Meeting up with Godparents and Rose for supper on Friday night at Murdos and then hitting the play, Death Trap on Saturday night. Should be a nice relaxing time. I think we are taking the bikes to maybe take a little trek out and about by the lake or in Yankton. Neither one of us have been on the bikes so far in October...UGH!.....longest stretch for me not being on a bike since mid-May! Don't like it. I have promised myself that the 20 pounds I have lost since last summer will not slowly start to appear on the body over the winter and in fact weight loss goals have been set to meet by MS150 next year.
Work stuff this week is messed up as we have a booth at the state architects convention today and tomorrow. I have to woman the booth on Friday morning from 9-noon and then take the booth down after that which is always fun. Today is usually the day when there is the most traffic by the vendor booths so usually Friday morning is usually pretty laid back. I might have to take a book or magazine along to read. Of course there is always the chance that one DISNEY loving architect will stop by the booth tomorrow so we can chat about Disney for 20 minutes like last year!
Well, everyone have a safe weekend and a fun ride tomorrow night for FAB starlight ride! Check out what the Mayor will be sporting on his bike for the ride...LIGHT UP THE NIGHT!
October 14, 2008
Pretty much a sluggish start to the week....got to be the weather or my inactivity, maybe.
Kris had today off, from working the weekend, so we emailed Mackie to see if she wanted to join us for lunch downtown since Mackie works downtown. I had decided on Buffalo Berries since none of us had been there before. Lets just say we will not be in a rush to head back there. It is all organic food. Now, I am not against organic food at all, but the soup, black bean Cuban, really didn't have a lot of spice or flavor nor did the wasabi (sp?) (Japanese horseradish) tuna melt. So I had a sandwich, cup of soup and a diet root beer and Kris had a chicken salad, cup of soup and an ice tea. The bill was $23-something. Ok, now I am one that does not mind paying more if the food is good but when the food was average the price was expensive. So they do not get a good review from me. Oh, well. I guess it was a healthy expensive lunch....now I need to have some CHOCOLATE!
Being that Kris is home today she put a roast in the crock pot with tay-dees, carrots and onions. I can't wait for SUPPER!
October 11, 2008
October 10, 2008
I along with other bloggers have the blahs it seems. I have no interest in riding. I have no interest in working. I have not interest in anything at this point. I am already tired of our favorite TV shows and I have a headache.........
I am sure my attitude will get better but I do have a headache. Went to bed and had a headache and woke up with it also and it is not from having to much fun sampling beer....I could only wish. Maybe it is the post vacation blues. Maybe the change of season up coming. Maybe it is all the stuff yet to do to combat the cold and make the house a little more efficient. Maybe it is the yard work. Maybe it is work stuff. Maybe it is my 401k dropping. Maybe it is the whole world financial crap. Maybe it is our tax dollars hard at work for the CEOs spa day. Maybe it is all the political CRAP. Whatever it is like I said I am sure it will pass. I can only hope it will happen SOON!
Remedy - libations!....Bottoms up KIDS!
October 8, 2008
October 7, 2008
October 6, 2008
11) ZYMOCENOSILICAPHOBIA is the fear of an empty beer glass.
BIG Glacier hole
St Croix River
October 5, 2008
This is Dau Road. Pretty much the whole road was covered with trees like this!
Four of us broke out the boccie set. It was a good friendly game but Christi and I lost...DANG IT! The other two of our six were sitting in the screen porch reading and had no interest in taking on the winners. I guess they were intimidated...or something like that.
October 4, 2008
Redneck glass koozies (socks)
Mixing the Leines and hanging on to a chilled beer mug was kind of
COLD so Mackie and I put on golf gloves to hold our beer mugs.
It was fun and lots of laughter was had. Dawn and Christi got Kris some gag gifts for her birthday. OH MY GOD! They were all gifts to use as you get older like, magnifying glass, sunglasses that go over your regular glasses. Then there was a box of some hair coloring stuff. Not for the top of you head but for what they say....."The hair down there!" It is made by Fun Betty and they had heard about it from their hair dresser. She had found it and thought it would be a great gag gift. It is a very funny gift and I can not believe they sell this stuff. We opened it up and looked at it. Again...OMG! The applicator looked like a mascara applicator. Way to funny! And no, no one sampled enough beers to try Fun Betty out! What color did they buy you ask? HOT PINK!
We had our great chili supper, watched baseball and then played Mexican Train dominoes. This is a game that can take hours if you play the whole sets. It is a LOT of fun to play.
Everyone hit their beds shortly there after...
October 3, 2008
We were finally on the road again and headed to our destination up by Luck, WI.