Saturday, September 07, 2013
Got to meet the artist yesterday!! And also got to see my cousin Preston - one of Uncle Bobbie's sons. I hadn't seen him in about 5-6 years, since my grandmother died (she was the older sister and only sibling of Uncle Bobbie.)
June 2014 - just realized I had some grammar and spelling typos, and the link above no longer works. But I found the painting at a different link now:
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Just read this blog from James Fell (author of Six Pack Abs blog:
How to find (and keep) a girlfriend
Some of the language I would not use, but the basic message seems rather accurate (at least in evaluating the difference between my ex-husband and my present husband, factoring in what I did and didn't know in first relationship and the improvements in the second marriage.)
Monday, September 02, 2013
So today I finally talked myself into going downtown to register "on the day of the race" for the 5K run/walk. Sure, I hadn't trained for it. Sure would have been cheaper if I had pre registered. Sure would have been a million other things "I should do" at home... And likely would be sitting...
My "warm-up" consisted of spending about an hour cutting up tree limbs into smaller segments to fill the dumpster... Probably a stupid idea and resulted in me being too hot and tired for the race (and I think we were dead last - we had the police escorting us to the finish line, so they could take the orange cones out of the road - mustn't interfere with the evening's bar hopping festivities for the tourists in town for the long weekend?). I couldn't understand any of the loudsquawker's commentary there at the end, but evidentally they were goading us to hurry, because they wanted to turn the clock off.
So anyway, I know I was totally undertrained, totally unprepared, all of that, but was always tired of making excuses why I should not even participate. I haven't seen the official results yet (website still has 2012 results up, as of a couple hours ago.). And there are more of these races I'd like to participate in, as time and funds allow. I went knowing I might not do great, but I gave myself permission to participate. I know that in (nearly?? every event, all participants eventually settle out somewhere along the "bell curve" and someone's gotta be last. Today, I think it was a tie with me and my husband, together till the end. (Isn't "together" worth something? Can I get a boy howdy on that!?).
I didn't see any obvious SparkPeople, but then again, I wasn't wearing my SP shirt (mostly because it was still in the 90's F - very warm - and sweaty soggy cotton shirts are not comfortable. I haven't even put on my race shirt yet....).
So anyway one small thrill was discovering that I had gone over 10,000 steps on my FitBit - which is the first time I've done that many in one day, since getting my FitBit last fall. That includes the yard work this morning. I didn't think to check how many steps I was at, before I started the clock on the FitBit - and I didn't remember to turn it off for a few minutes. It said 1:01:xx seconds - don't remember. I attempted to photograph the 10,000 steps on FB but it doesn't show up too clear. Didn't get any photos of us - probably should have, but it wasn't convenient when I thought of it, and then didn't think of it during times when I could have done it. I was going good to even be there, instead of being at home.
Soooo now I am hoping to do a 5K run/walk in Oct and one in Nov.
Oh and my Smart Wool socks... I'm not sure what happened, but my feet felt sooo hot, like I was fixing to have blisters on the bottoms of my feet. Thankful I had brought a pair of sandals (wanna-be Birks) that allowed my feet to cool off after the race, so that seemed to help. Need to figure out better socks....
And I still have my headache. It's moved elsewhere so must be for a different reason then the one I had this morning. I really tried to weasel out of the race this morning on account of my headache. Did it anyway.
Oh well. At least I was lapping everyone at home resting on their couches!!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
(My mom saw this in email or papers she had, but we have some relatives and friends with Alzheimer's and I know many of you have family or friends with Alzheimer's as well.).
Do not ask me to remember,
Don't try to make me understand.
Let me rest and know you're with me,
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.
I'm confused beyond your concept,
I'm sad and sick and lost.
All I know is that I need you,
To be with me at all cost.
Do not lose your patience with me,
do not scold, or curse, or cry.
I can't help the way I'm acting,
I can't be different, though I try.
Just remember that I need you,
That the best of me is gone,
Please don't fail to stand beside me.
Love me 'til my life is gone.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Today we drove up to the county north of us to have dinner at a new-to-us restauran. I had purchased a Groupon offer. It's an Italian place, so I was somewhat surprised that they didn't push the alcoholic beverages... water and pop was what they had!
Well, turns out, that county was not entirely dry - it allowed liquor-by-the-drink only in restaurants that got at least 30% of their revenue from food, with a membership card... and this restaurant is new enough (I think? I'd never heard of it before I saw the Groupon offer), that it didn't yet have a liquor license and/or membership cards. Believe me, they would have been pushing it, if they did have membership cards.
Years ago, all of Kansas was dry, with liquor by the drink only in the restaurants set up as "membership clubs." That's how it was when I turned 21 and was old enough to drink. Most restaurants reciprocated, so I remember getting a card at one of the restaurants that seemed to reciprocate with more restaurants then the others. Silly me, when that system ended, I threw away my membership card. Little did I realize it would be a historical relic. Or hysterical, I'm not sure which - trying to explain this system, back in the day, to residents of most other states like California was guaranteed to bring about great hilarity. I'm thinking it changed like in the mid to late 1990's? Can't remember now. Too tired to google it. But I remember they changed it so that the counties that wanted to stay dry could, and that they'd have the option to revisit the issue at future elections. Some have eventually changed and become liquor by the drink counties, and others are still totally dry counties.
So, in spite of all this historical retrospective, tonight's dinner was fun (and saved me some alcoholic calories, yaaay!). I had saved some room for calories, as I only had a meal around 10 am and this dinner was more like 7 pm (allowing for husband coming home later and the pleasant 20 or so minute drive up there...). Plus, we split the appetizer and the dessert, and each had a salad.
For those curious, here's a map of the current status:
Oh here we are, a history of evolution of Kansas liquor law...
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