Wednesday, July 04, 2012
No race today. For the second time, I wrote a race time down wrong. MCVET 2011, I was late enough to see everyone go off, but still able to run the race, thanks to chip timing.
Today, I wrote down 9:00 for the Arbutus (MD) Firecracker 10k and I was 30 minutes late. It was 8:00 and I arrived in "plenty of time" for a 9:00 race, 8:30. And it is a gun timed race. So I missed it entirely.
I have to find something this weekend to put it back on my calendar.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
... at least in Catonsville.
The day kicks off with the 30th Arbutus Firecracker 10k. Arbutus is the town adjacent to Catonsville. Close enough to walk to from my house. Then there are family picnic at the high school. We used to do that when the kids were little. The parade starts at 1:00 up on the main drag, Frederick Rd. We live one block off FredRd near the marshaling area, so we get a little parade-before-the-parade which has always been pretty cool.
FredRd has been lined with chairs since Fathers Day and has been steadily filling up since. Friday when the super-derecho came through (lights are still out all over town and it is hot!) there were chairs strewn all over FredRd. Very funny.
We always have people over, being so close to everything. So there is that. Then band music down at the High School and at sundown BOOM! Fireworks.
Last year, we skipped most of all that to go on vacation up at the Finger Lakes with our son and his in-laws. After I had run the 10k, we immediately hit the road for NY. Way up in upstate PA, She(WMBO) turned to me and told me to look out for gas stations, "I have about 30 miles left in the tank." Zoom!, one went by us and she started in with the "You missed it! I told you to look out." Hey, you're the drive, that's your job. By the way, why didn't you gas up before we left home? "Well, we had to leave as soon as you were done running." What did you do while I was running? "Shut up." Yeah, that's what I thought.
Next exit 6 miles. "We'll make that. Hope they have gas." Lying computer said we had 22 miles left in the tank. We were halfway in between and we ran out of gas.
She turned to me, smiled, and said, "I sure am glad you're in shape now." Yes, I ran back to the last exit, on the Interstate, in 100º heat. Fortunately, I found a kind soul to drive me back or I would have had to walk three miles all uphill with three gallons of gasoline, 24 pounds. Ugly as it was, that would have been a disaster.
Yes there was gas at the next exit.
This year we stay home.
Monday, July 02, 2012
The RWDaily. runnersworld .com posters are usually a little funny and always fun. This one? Not so much funny but definitely it made me smile.
As much as I dislike "costume runners" I like this one. Where can I get that costume?
Sunday, July 01, 2012
With the Fourth of July coming up and having finally converted my grill to natural gas, I started to look around for good stuff to grill. I found some stuff that I have tried before, but never actually grilled myself and some new stuff.
Pizza. Forget delivery and DiGiorno — pizza is great on the grill! Simply brush olive oil on flattened dough (you can find pre-made pizza dough at most grocery stores!) and place it on the grill. Once grill marks appear, take it off the heat and add desired toppings, grilled side up. Place back on the barbeque for two to three minutes, or until the cheese is nice n’ bubbly! No need to call Dominos ever again.
Quesadilla. Skip the pan and take the tortillas outside! Prepare the filing, then light up the grill. Brush the tortilla with olive oil and place on the heat, oiled side down. Top with cheese and fillings (chicken, beans, etc). Once the cheese starts melting and the bottom is browning, fold one side over with a spatula to seal it up. Remove from the heat and enjoy (with guacamole, of course!).
Mozzarella Cheese. What’s better than cheese? Grilled cheese — without the bread! Take a thick slice of mozzarella cheese and lightly coat in an egg batter and bread crumbs. Grill for a few minutes on each size, or until the cheese starts to slightly melt. Serve with marinara sauce, crackers, or on a turkey burger!
Pineapple. It’s time to bring the tropics to your backyard. Simply slice a pineapple into rounds and grill until brown — about three minutes per side. Feeling extra fancy? Brush the fruit in a honey-citrus marinade before throwing on the grill.
Ice Cream. Who said ice cream has to be a frozen treat? Scoop your favorite flavor into two-inch balls and place back in the freezer for two hours. Then, coat them in an egg batter and roll in shredded coconut; repeat three times. Place a metal skewer through the ice cream balls and put back in the freezer ‘till frozen solid. Then it’s grilling time! Cook for one to two minutes on each side or until the coconut is browned. Remove from heat, slide off the skewers, and enjoy with a cherry on top.
Berries. Berries may grow on bushes, but they’re perfect on the grill! Create a simple lemon and sugar mixture and add blueberries, raspberries, and any other-berry favorites. Pour the mix in aluminum foil and seal up the sides. Place on the grill over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Serve immediately over grilled ice cream or Greek yogurt! (We don’t think grilling the yogurt is a good idea, though…)
Peaches. Cut the peach in half and rub with butter. Place buttered-side down and close the lid. Grill for about four minutes on each side or until softened and charred. Can you say perfection? We recommend a big scoop of banana ice cream on the side!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
I saw this excellent poster today on facebook:
This thought should drive me out of the sack every other morning at oh-dark-thirty before it gets too hot and I am able to load up on excuses.
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