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  • Good weekend

    10/20/2019 10:22:34 PM, by AHTRAP

    Despite the lack of success Saturday, I had fun at the tournament. A couple of friends won gold in the mixed doubles section of my skill level (I didn't play in mixed), another friend won a gold in a higher level women's double bracket, so my pals got to bring home some hardware, as well as a bit of... Read more

  • Day 2583

    10/20/2019 9:48:29 PM, by RUNNING-TURTLE

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  • New Year New Me

    10/20/2019 9:38:40 AM, by OPTIMIST123

    I know the new year for most starts on January 1. I’m always waiting for the perfect day to start. Well new year new me starts today. Things to accomplish this year: 1. Daily drink half my weight in water. Right now that is 104 oz. 2. Move. For an hour a day to start. It doesn’t have to be all at... Read more

  • Doubles not so hot

    10/19/2019 7:58:26 PM, by AHTRAP

    Never have won the first match of a doubles tournament, and that’s still true after today. After playing so well (despite not getting a medal) yesterday, I kinda stunk today, and we lost two out of three to crash out way too prematurely. On the good side, I’ve only played three tournaments, so... Read more

  • Day 2582

    10/19/2019 7:53:15 PM, by RUNNING-TURTLE

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  • 20% chance of pain

    10/18/2019 10:46:41 AM, by AHTRAP

    There are 6 people in my bracket of the pickleball singles tournament I'm doing today, and I know two of them. One of those guys, I can beat. The other, I can't, and I'm left wondering why he's even in this bracket, rather than the higher skill level bracket. The other three guys in the section I've... Read more

  • Weather Roller Coaster

    10/18/2019 9:30:24 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    There is a serious weather roller coaster going on here. One day in the 50s, the next in the upper 70s. I am reminded of my younger years hearing about people who are effected by weather changes. I wondered how that could be. Now I know...... Read more

  • Eventus

    10/17/2019 10:42:55 PM, by AHTRAP

    That’s the sponsor of the Pickleball tournament I’m playing in on Friday and Saturday. Planning on going to my brother’s house after the Friday play, because it’s half the drive from there to Grand Blanc, MI, where the event is being held. After Saturday’s play, I might go back and spend the rest of... Read more

  • Sad coda to yesterday's blog entry

    10/16/2019 7:11:45 PM, by AHTRAP

    A few hours after contemplating my mortality, as described yesterday, I was in my car, with the radio tuned to the local NPR station (it's either that, at 91.7, or sports radio at 97.1 on the dial, I rarely listen to radio stations playing music any more) and there a local story about a kid who suff... Read more

  • Necrophobic

    10/15/2019 4:40:34 PM, by AHTRAP

    Told Alexa to play 'my favorites', and it started playing a randomized mix of my most played songs. Apparently, I've listened to the Slayer album "Reign in Blood" a time or three, as both Angel of Death and the blog entry titular song came up within the past 45 minutes. This tune did did me thinking... Read more

  • Seeing double/Duck poop

    10/14/2019 4:23:17 PM, by AHTRAP

    No clue why that Harry Potter themed entry yesterday ended up showing up twice. I swear I just did it once. Another spark gremlin, I suppose. For whatever it's worth, my vision is doing fine. Well, fine enough. The fact that I'm in my mid 40s and need to squint to read on occasion, or need to t... Read more

  • Nitwit Blubber Oddment Tweak

    10/13/2019 8:30:31 PM, by AHTRAP

    A while ago, maybe earlier this calendar year, maybe at the tail end of 2018, I really can't remember, I started re-reading the Harry Potter series. Breezed through the first book, started in on the second, and then....nothing....the book disappeared on me. And sure, I could have gone to a library a... Read more

  • Nitwit Blubber Oddment Tweak

    10/13/2019 8:30:31 PM, by AHTRAP

    A while ago, maybe earlier this calendar year, maybe at the tail end of 2018, I really can't remember, I started re-reading the Harry Potter series. Breezed through the first book, started in on the second, and then....nothing....the book disappeared on me. And sure, I could have gone to a library a... Read more

  • Gratitude

    10/13/2019 1:19:02 PM, by OPTIMIST123

    I have found that I just don’t say thank you enough. I would like to thank my family for being there for me. I haven’t thought about that lately. I’m grateful for them being there good times and bad. We tend to forget the everyday things that we take for granted. I’m so happy to have 3 meals today.... Read more

  • Apparently, you can't look away

    10/12/2019 9:31:29 PM, by AHTRAP

    I'd started scribbling a blog post on this stupid phone app, when Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made a spectacular save, and I went to comment on it on the red wings blog game thread on which I interact with other fans during games. And when i came back to this stupid app, the post in pr... Read more

  • Feels like forever, sometimes

    10/11/2019 2:04:40 AM, by AHTRAP

    You know those friends you have, who it just feels like you've known forever, but then when you stop and talk about it, you've only known them for a couple of years. It doesn't even have to be close friends, people you spend a lot of time with, or have shared really meaningful moments with. Even som... Read more

  • Easiest (?) interview I've ever done

    10/10/2019 8:37:03 PM, by AHTRAP

    The one way interview thing was kind of a joke, in the end, though it took a moment to get it set up. The introductory video mentioned how you get a certain amount of time, once you see the question, to think about it, and a preset amount of tries at presenting your best foot, and made it seem like ... Read more

  • Hot Dog Dance

    10/9/2019 4:58:08 PM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    I forgot how Helena used to make everyone dance the Hot Dog Dance at the end of the Mickey Show. We turned on the Disney Channel this morning to find a new twist on it. Every 30 minutes, no matter what show was on, kids would come out and do the dance. Each time there were different moves. Light... Read more

  • Whaddya mean one way?

    10/9/2019 1:03:48 PM, by AHTRAP

    A person I've worked with before referred me to a company staffing a short contract in Louisiana in December. So I go to their web site and fill out the basic application, and then after I hit enter, the next page says "All applicants must complete a self-directed go live interview for consideration... Read more

  • Wrestling furniture

    10/8/2019 6:12:28 PM, by AHTRAP

    Kind of hurt my arm trying to lug a box up the stair to the bedroom where the new dresser was going. It's a few hours later, a time filled with plenty of screwdriver use, and the bicep is no longer whining, so crisis averted. I went around the other problem by opening the box and taking the pieces u... Read more

  • Fall Break

    10/8/2019 9:01:43 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    Helena has fall break this week. We started it out by going to Tate Farms Friday night. It was a gorgeous night as we ate, picked pumpkins and played with all the stuff. Sunday, we had a family dinner at Sarah's and painted Halloween decorations on the back porch. Yesterday Helena and I ... Read more

  • 10/7 split

    10/7/2019 11:33:48 PM, by AHTRAP

    Went bowling Saturday night. It did not go well. Wrist was hurting, so I backed off using the 13 pound ball I usually throw., opting for a 11 pounder. Only got a 75 in the first game, couldn't pick up any spares. By the middle of the second game, I was down to using a 6 pound ball, just flinging it ... Read more

  • Sunday Sunday Sunday!

    10/6/2019 11:20:31 PM, by AHTRAP

    And not a monster truck rally to be found, alas. I downloaded a new keyboard on my phone, from the Grammarly website, in hopes it would help me avoid typos in texts or in things like this window, but it's not a swiping keyboard, which I've grown accustomed to using over the past, I don't know, 6 y... Read more

  • October

    10/5/2019 8:16:23 PM, by ILOVEME2016

    So - it's October and it's getting dark super early. Fall has fallen in my part of the world. I've taken to using my light lamp first thing in the morning, given that we have to get up super early to do school. It really helps! Best Christmas gift ever! I'm really proud of my son. ... Read more

  • mixed sports day

    10/5/2019 4:02:16 PM, by AHTRAP

    Started by waking up at 730 to watch the Spurs-Brighton match, only to see a World Cup winning goalkeeper (Hugo Lloris) make an awful mistake to give the opposition team a goal two minutes later, and, even worse, start howling in pain right afterwards, to the point they were giving him oxygen as the... Read more

  • No good deed goes unpunished

    10/4/2019 7:27:44 PM, by AHTRAP

    Helping my brother today, loading up a truck with storage items to set up for a Durga Puja celebration (the biggest religious festival of the year for Bengali people). A box started sliding off one of the carts and I managed to catch it... But not until it left a 3 inch scratch on my wrist. Stings a... Read more

  • Day 2566

    10/3/2019 3:34:44 PM, by RUNNING-TURTLE

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  • The pickle palace

    10/3/2019 12:34:34 AM, by AHTRAP

    I was kind of wondering what would happen when the cold weather hit, and outdoor play was no longer feasible, as far as continuing to play with the decent group of players I've spent the summer competing against. Kind of dreaded the idea of going back to the rec center and just playing random games ... Read more

  • What a deal!

    10/2/2019 10:28:03 AM, by AHTRAP

    Actually, I'm not being all that sarcastic here. I need to buy a new dresser, looking at spending over a hundred bucks, if only to avoid having the new one fall apart on me the way the old one just did. But, looking around, it seems like an equivalent product could be available for $80-something, wi... Read more

  • woah

    10/1/2019 6:31:34 PM, by AHTRAP

    Bayern Munich went into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and hung a 7 spot on Spurs. Didn't see that coming. Game started so well, too, two teams both playing attacking football, free flowing chances on both ends. Spurs took an early lead, Bayern equalized three minutes later, and then, eventually, Bay... Read more

  • Beginning of October :(

    10/1/2019 9:47:21 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    It's that time of year again for my mood to go south. I don't like shorter days and colder weather. Like other mammals, I want to add extra weight and hibernate. Mom's birthday is Friday. She would have been 89. It's been three years and I will still dial her old phone number just because. ... Read more

  • Day 2564

    10/1/2019 6:46:27 AM, by RUNNING-TURTLE

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  • Lack of motivation

    9/30/2019 9:30:37 PM, by AHTRAP

    Back in that mode where I don't really feel like writing these entries, but here I am anyway, because I have A Streak to maintain. You might have noticed the last couple being rather brief in nature. Friday night's was such because I remembered partway through a concert that I hadn't done this daily... Read more

  • Day 2563

    9/30/2019 7:06:25 AM, by RUNNING-TURTLE

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  • Radar watch

    9/29/2019 3:22:47 PM, by AHTRAP

    Supposed to play pickleball outside at 4, but there's been rain all day, and the radar doesn't look good. In the mean time, NFL football is on, and the referees are thoroughly screwing over the Detroit Lions as they always do, and my blood pressure is riding with each horrible call. So...not exactly... Read more

  • It Only Took Me Five Years....

    9/29/2019 2:30:48 PM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    When Sherry was pregnant, I started taking pictures to remember things by. Before Helena was born (6-27-14), I started collecting scrapbooking supplies to put the pictures in. I FINALLY FINISHED putting the pictures into an album this morning. And I am giving myself a pat on the back.... Read more

  • Slow ride home

    9/28/2019 8:14:21 PM, by AHTRAP

    Took our sweet time getting back, lounging at the hotel until close to the noon check out time, indulging in a late lunch, and then stopping every few exits as something between the morning coffee or the lunch at Bob Evans disagreed with my friend's stomach and left her feeling a bit nauseous. So ... Read more

  • Day 2561

    9/28/2019 4:17:28 PM, by RUNNING-TURTLE

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  • Hello Cleveland!

    9/27/2019 11:38:31 PM, by AHTRAP

    Wandered down Ohio way for a concert, and it was pretty great. I even got to take a nap on the way down because my road trip buddy drove, so though it's approaching midnight, I'm well awake. So we might go get a late meal with the other folks/friends who came to this show. But I have to wait until t... Read more

  • Twice the fun?

    9/26/2019 10:07:41 PM, by AHTRAP

    I've signed up for a pickleball tournament in mid-October where I'm going to play singles on Friday and doubles on Saturday. With that in mind, after the Tigers last home game today (which predictably ended in defeat), I went and joined a couple of friends playing singles in Dearborn, a suburb of De... Read more

  • Another "How?"

    9/26/2019 2:22:57 PM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    dumb question: how is a person supposed to walk more when she can't walk on her left foot or exercise more when she has a frozen shoulder? My one doctor asked if I had started wither one yet...... Read more

  • My brain was rusty

    9/25/2019 10:20:54 PM, by AHTRAP

    Went to play trivia, for the first time in months, and it didn't go great. Maybe because it was a different format, who knows, but while we were tied for third leading into the final question, we didn't get it right and therefore did not win a darn thing. Was fun hanging out with my trivia pals thou... Read more

  • Making friends with allergens

    9/24/2019 8:24:15 PM, by AHTRAP

    So when I went to the library late in the afternoon, after Tottenham Hotspur put in an embarrassing display in losing their Carabao Cup match against Colchester United, a team three leagues lower than Spurs, 70+ places lower in the English football pyramid, I was in a bit of a foul mood. And there, ... Read more

  • Morning and evening

    9/23/2019 9:08:08 PM, by AHTRAP

    So I gained a handful of weight while down in Arkansas. 3 to 5 pounds perhaps. With that in mind, I agreed to play pickleball in the mornings the first three days of this week, thinking getting back in the exercise groove will help even out the travel bump. Didn't anticipate people setting up a se... Read more

  • New School Year - New Challenges

    9/23/2019 6:58:11 PM, by ILOVEME2016

    Just about sums it up. Really tired of 11 year old boy drama. There are a lot of things that I can say, but in the end, I really just want a do over with my son. He just grates on me when he gets like this. I hate how I want to be a dictator when he starts being a dork.... Read more

  • Forgot how to play

    9/22/2019 6:24:03 PM, by AHTRAP

    Don't play any pickleball in a couple of weeks, and totally forget how to play. Ok, that's not true, but I did feel like I was struggling today. Partly due to the time away from the court, partly due to switching between the Franklin balls that we've largely used outdoors all summer, and the D... Read more

  • Home

    9/21/2019 9:08:42 PM, by AHTRAP

    The short sojourn South had ended and I'm back in Michigan. Nice brief trip. Probably for the best that it wasn't longer, as the first quick peek at the scale after I got home wasn't kind. But that is after a travel day with airport food involved, after a couple days of pizza, blah blah excuses excu... Read more