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Czech Wellies & an active few days

Friday, July 27, 2012

Watching opening ceremonies for Olympics. I've enjoyed the humor: Mr. Bean with Chariots of Fire, James bond bringing in the Queen. I've thought of my family. My sisters drooling over Mark Spitz as their children, and children's children watch Phelps. Danny Boy from Ireland made me miss my Dad. Summer's in the meadow and Dad is laid to rest. When we watched Nadia in 1976, my Dad oohed and aahed alongside me and made sure I made it to gymnastic lessons that fall. I am in a hotel room 200 miles from my kids, who would have lost all patience with the parade of athletes, except maybe when I called them to come see the Czech wellies. It's been a mostly active week for me. Walked 4 miles Tuesday morning along the seawall at Galveston. Felt like a bit of a wuss for not running. The 2 days before had been perpetual motion of packing the house and moving things into storage. Wed, I could barely move as usual when my back is adjusting to a different bed. Even my muscles and nerves are stubborn when it comes to change. Walked a little over a mile on the sand Wed night, then brought a cluster of hermit crabs to my kids to enjoy. Thurs, water park for 10 hours! I got in and out of tubes (and could have been on America's Funniest Home Videos more than once!) Felt like a turtle on its back trying to propel myself while sitting in the tube. Faced down more fears, for sure. Got in some swim time, too. ST for my arms: clinging to the kids' tubes in the wave river. My love affair with Body Glide continued: no chafing, no blisters from flip flops despite 10 hours of being wet and walking around. Today, Friday, I walked about 3 miles (good, since I plan to jog a 5K as part of summer fun run Sunday morning). I walked toward the rising sun over Galveston Bay. I adore watching the day start at the beach. The birds come out, the sky tinges from gray mist to pink before the gentle light peeks through the mist, then the clouds. Kids slept in while I made breakfast. Hugged them all then hit the road. Drove home to teach tomorrow morning, my last summer lab, leaving kids and their dad at the beach. With an open afternoon, I went to our neighborhood pool for about 40 mins. It's been a while since I've put in so much water time. With tri training, i wanted to leave some muscle power for biking and running. Today: just water, not worried about speed. What impressed me the most: I left my prescription swim goggles (2 pair actually) and beach towels and sunscreen with the kids. Quick trip to Academy remedied the situation. I swam with non-prescription goggles for the first time in 3 years. Yes, I was mostly blind, I did it. Great to be in a pool i know so well. Kids will likely battle over who gets my really cool mirrored goggles when we all swim together again! Tuning back in to the games: Is anyone in the opening ceremony having more fun than the Independent Olympians? Talk about spirit and spreading a spark!
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    2457 days ago
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    I wish there was a way to watch Olympics without a Cable bill. I wouldnt even mind paying $20 for a all access pass thru the Wii or Roku. I know they need to cover the costs, but I would be fine with a Live TV feed, commercials and all.

    Still, sounds like you have had a busy few days. Will you be doing another tri?
    2459 days ago
    There are so many memories wrapped up in past Olympics. All that you mentioned, and more.

    I loved the Mr. Bean Chariots of Fire piece! What a great film editor they had, huh? But I was sound asleep before the Queen and James Bond... as I had my own early start line this morning.

    But I'll be watching quite a bit of the coverage... love every bit of it!
    2461 days ago
    LOVED Mr. Bean. That Chariots of Fire blurb was totally inspired, and have to admit, I WONDERED if that was going to get notice @ the Olympics being in London and it did! And how 'bout Paul McCartney. OMG, now THAT brought me back to my childhood for sure . . . Ed Sullivan announcing "The Beathes". (Insert swoon!)
    2462 days ago
    Also watching the Olympics. Really proud of those Independent Olympians. I am looking forward to the games. Maybe the olympians will motivate me to get up and exercise more.
    2462 days ago
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