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Sunday, May 13, 2012

The last few days have been busy with graduation activities here at CSU in Colorado. The actual commencement was at 8am Saturday morning! We survived the early start, had a very nice lunch for my kids and brother, relaxed in the afternoon, then a nice dinner with some other family members (technically, "ex" family members, but we all have gotten along well in spite of the divorce from many years ago).

Lounging this morning before we catch a bite in the hotel breakfast nook and pack up to head to South Dakota for the "fun" part of the vacation. Mt Rushmore, Black Hills, Sturgis, and maybe even Deadwood are on the list of to do's. First time ever to visit South Dakota.

So this is the first year not to have my mom around for Mother's Day. A little strange, but I know in my heart she in a much better place. So mom, if you are reading my blog (hey, anything is possible!), Happy Mother's Day!

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/13/2012 6:50PM

    Yep! Mom is sitting right next to you in the car taking in all the beautiful sights in SD! Enjoy your trip.


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CHUBRUB3 5/13/2012 12:49PM

    Big Hugs Patrick!
Your Mom knows.

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Upcoming celebration in Colorado

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

We are heading out to Colorado tomorrow for quite a celebration -- my youngest daughter graduates on Saturday from Colorado State University! Graduation is early -- 8:00AM They do a number of ceremonies, all broken down by college (she is graduating with a Biology degree), so I guess her college got the short straw for the time. But by the time the ceremony is over, pictures are taken, etc., it will be time for lunch and we have reservations at an outstanding Mexican restaurant in downtown Ft. Collins. I'm sure a margarita or two will be consumed!
My youngest did the conventional college experience -- 4 years, out of state, dorms, etc. My two other children have done it differently, but all have gotten (or are getting) very good educations. I'm very proud of all of them, to say the least, and I am going to make a point to salute all of them at lunch on Saturday.

Always look forward to trips to Colorado -- I spent my formative years there, so it is a little like a homecoming for me. Besides graduation, we plan to go to South Dakota to do some sightseeing -- something we never did as kids! (I rode my dad about that the other day, of course in a humorous way, and he took it as such!).

Tomorrow is the "fun" day -- plan to fertilize the back yard before we leave (putting down fertilizer + weed and feed so good to have it down while the dogs are in the kennel), oh yeah, dogs to the kennel, then the 1.5 hour drive to Philly to catch our flight. Non-stop flight, and it appears the weather in Philly and Denver will be good, so that won't be a factor.

I'll plan to do some more blogging and maybe even add some pictures while we are in Colorado and South Dakota.

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GJCAB09 5/10/2012 8:03AM

    Congrats and enjoy yourself while you're here Patrick! Wrong side of the state for me to make any recommendations, but it sounds as if you've got things covered. If you happen to roll through Alliance, NE, on your way to SD, check out "Car Henge" it's a hoot, and free!

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CHUBRUB3 5/9/2012 5:08PM

Have a great time!

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ARCSPARKS 5/9/2012 12:24PM

    Contrats to you and your daughter, Patrick. Enjoy your little vacation and take plenty of great pics of Colorado to post.

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/9/2012 10:31AM

    Congratulations on getting all your children through higher education! Have a good trip and, for sure, a couple of margaritas will be in order!

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JACKH35 5/9/2012 9:52AM

    No doubt you will have a great trip back to Colorado. Congratulations on the Educational accompishments of your children.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Went to Best Buy yesterday to get new headphones. Nothing too exciting, except I go through them like water it seems!! My new ones are Klipsch S4 in-ear headphones, which were highly rated by CNET. The most expensive ones I have ever bought!

My previous ones were Sennheiser Sports over the ear headphones, and they started crackling at the gym yesterday (I'm guessing from sweat getting into them). I think I had them for maybe 4 months. The ones previous to that (can't remember brand) it was the plug that went into my iPod that got messed up (I think it was from my much fatter belly then!).

So hoping these new Klipsch buds hold up. They will get the acid test at lunchtime today when I go running.

Curious if it is just me or do others have issues with headphones you use for workouts.

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PAPAMIKIE 5/9/2012 12:03PM

    I typically only use headphone and / or music if I am working on my cadence. However, I have found that none of the ones I have used have stood up too well, not sure why not.

I run outside mostly so I want to hear the sound of cars, etc, this is the reason I only listen to music when I am specifically working on cadence.

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SOFT_VAL67 5/8/2012 7:28PM

    u could carry around a big ol boom box like back in the day haha.... emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 5/8/2012 6:33PM

    Your doing great!
Could you impart any wisdom, as I enrolled in my first 5K race.

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BELSNICKEL 5/8/2012 11:55AM

    It is good to complain how you out do the things you exercise with.

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KCWIND 5/8/2012 10:55AM

  Actually I use my headphones that came with my I phone. They are water resistant and still holding on after a year. Music makes my runs easier. Good shopping.

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Busy next few days...

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Heading out to Colorado (Ft. Collins) to my youngest daughter's graduation next Saturday (CSU), so we're in prep mode for travel. One of the things I like to do is put fertilizer down in the back yard since the dogs will be at the kennel, so that'll happen early Thursday morning. Put it down on the front yard early this morning. And of course all of the mowing, etc, since we will be gone for a week.

Still have packing and other tasks to take care of prior to leaving. Looking forward to the trip, if for nothing else we can relax once we leave. Up until then....CRAZY!!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/7/2012 1:27AM

    Congratulations on your daughter's graduation! If she hasn't seen you for a few weeks, she'll be impressed with her Downsized Dad : )

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/6/2012 5:16PM

    LOL! I've always said I don't know why we look forward to a vacation. You work like crazy before you leave and then like crazy to catch up when you get back!

I'm sure Mom and Dad are very proud of their baby girl graduating from college!!! Enjoy your trip and I'll be doing a rain dance for your fertilized yard!

xoxoxo Marg

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Remember that reward for hitting "onederland"?

Saturday, May 05, 2012

It hit me well after my weigh-in yesterday that I promised myself a reward if I ever got the scale into "onederland". Of course, when I made that promise initially a few years ago, part of me thought it would never happen in my lifetime!

Well, I was wrong -- it did happen!

So, what is my reward? A tattoo!

OK, don't panic SP friends! I have not done it yet! I'm pretty sure when I do get one it will be a greyhound tat, and it my not be until this fall when "Greyhounds reach The Beach" happens here in Delaware (Dewey and Rehoboth Beach) the first weekend in October. I know a tattoo artist that, of course is owned by greyhounds, and does some fantastic work! The only concern is if he meets the requirements my blood bank have so that I continue to give blood (I think the deal is he has to be licensed, etc). I believe he is from VA, so not sure what VA requires, so I need to check into it. Otherwise, I may need to check into one of the licensed shops here in Delaware.

More to follow...

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/6/2012 5:42PM

    Oh my! But WHICH Greyhound Patrick? You have had so many and they are all so beautiful and regal!

I love that weekend at the beach. Those dogs are so awesome...... and so are the owners for rescuing them!

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IUHRYTR 5/6/2012 5:30AM

    Hmmm, how about a Greyhound bowling? emoticon -- Lou

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/5/2012 11:21AM

    oh, oh, OH!
I'd also clarify with the blood bank how long after having a tattoo from any source a guy is on the blood-donor interdict list. Here they screen you out for a year for an awful lot of reasons. Not that I blame them, after the terrible blood scandals of a few years ago, too much caution is fine with me.
But, as to rewarding yourself in a way that is meaningful to you, good on ya! You've broken out of your Old Self in so many ways, breaking out this way also is a Good Thing : )

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