Today’s Bike Ride

Map for the day
Distance: 25.5 miles Time: ??
Avg Speed: ?? mph Top Speed: ?? mph
Calories Burned: ??
I had intended on waking up at seven and hitting the trail while it was still cool. It was 97 degrees yesterday when I got out of the movie so I knew that I didn’t want to ride in that.
I set the time on my alarm, but forgot to ‘turn on’ Saturday so that didn’t work so well. I did wake up at eight and hopped on the bike. It was beautiful.
On my street, there’s some punks living in a rented house. I wasn’t even off my block and one of the idiots hopped in his car and backed up into me. I barely missed him and of course he was on his phone and didn’t notice anything. Ominous start of the day?
I opted for going east and then back around. It was nice. I went by our old neighborhood and by our old house. Sometimes I hope that the family across the street from us would be outside. I feel strange just ringing their doorbell. Sydney was a teenager back then, I am thinking that she should have graduated by now. The neighborhood hasn’t changed much. I’m thinking that a lot of the older homeowners have moved on just by the cars in the driveways. It’s still a nice neighborhood.
I went up towards Sandia high school and down Pennsylvania. Winrock Center is barely a mall anymore. It has Dillards, a sports store, and a Bed, Bath & Beyond. That’s it. They are shooting another movie (or maybe this one) over there so it’s kind of busy on the South end. They made a movie called ‘Mall Cops‘ there already. I guess it’s good to have an empty mall?
I stopped and ate a banana in Tiguex Park – a nice park near Old Town that was renovated a couple of years ago. The park is thirty-some-years old. Across from the park is the Albuquerque Museum and it has these impressive statues out in front:
Albuquerque Museum Statues
Albuquerque Museum Statues
Back down to the Bosque trail which was WAY too busy with everyone. I made it back up around to the house and here I am!

Published in: on May 31, 2008 at 11:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Today is Saturday

Life: Happy Work: N/A
Weight: Hours of Sleep:
Yesterday was an unremarkably nice day. I realized that all parents are in the same boat and we all have to deal with our issues best we can. There’s no right or wrong – well I guess there is a wrong – but basically we all have to deal with with what we have to work with. A support group would be nice – but there’s no extra time in a day 🙂
I saw the movie Baby Mama yesterday – in the middle of the day. That was strange as I haven’t done that for a long time.

It was ‘cute’. Very predictable. It used up an hour and thirty six minutes of my day and entertained me in one of those mindless kinds of ways.
The theater was at the mall and we noticed that just using the food court as our basis – that 9 out of 10 people there would be easily considered overweight. Of those, half were GROSSLY overweight. Other points of interest is that apparently no parents look at how their teenagers dress as they all need to be covered up. The whole trip was kind of sad from that point of view.
I caught up on some old CSI episodes from last year. I can’t remember why we stopped watching that show. I record it, but never seem to watch them. I think I have seven more to go. Maybe tonight….

Published in: on May 31, 2008 at 10:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Today is Friday

Life: Indifferent Work: Frustrated
Weight: Hours of Sleep:
Some days something occurs that sucks all your energy and any good feelings you might have had. That was yesterday. The only good thing for me was that I helped a friend almost finish their website. It still needs a little polishing but I’m happy to have helped them with it.
I needed that to give me hope that the day didn’t totally suck.
I’m taking this day – today – off. Nothing exciting, just a day off.

Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 6:43 am  Leave a Comment  

Today is Thursday

Life: Indifferent Work: Indifferent
Weight: Hours of Sleep:
In my little head, I had thought that my flight out of Texas was around Noon. Good thing I checked as it was at 8:30 am. I only hit two stores but they were good visits.
I pretty much just sleep on planes anymore – from the minute I hit the seat (before take off) until we start to land. Often until we actually hit the runway. I have tried reading, tried staying awake – it just doesn’t work like that anymore. Almost Pavlovian. Hit the seat. Fall asleep.
I landed to the normal spring winds again. They actually put most of the state in a tornado watch for most of the late afternoon? I don’t get that. I don’t see anywhere on the news that any touched down. I really feel that the ‘news’ creates stories like that to make ‘news’. Don’t get me started today.
The dogs were very happy to see me and we played for a long time. They still managed to get over the fence around the garden to eat three sprinklers. I had intended to design some furniture that I need to have made and instead sat in front of the tube watching Family Guy. For a show that I used to not be able to stand – it has grown on me. I went to bed finally.
It’s a gorgeous morning. I am waiting for a delivery that is supposed to be here between 8 am and noon. I’m guessing it will show up at 10:30.

Published in: on May 29, 2008 at 8:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Where Am I?

Yes, for those who emailed and didn’t guess – I’m in Texas. Yes San Antonio.
I had to drive up to Kerrville and then down to Del Rio. Long drive.
Lots of interesting animals – vultures, deer, sheep, cows, horses, turkeys, goats, emus, ostriches – and then lots of exotic, horned, African type deer-beasts. Very strange.
Lots of road kill as well – deer, turkey, little critters.
I lost all radio not too long out of Kerrville. There was only two stations I could find. This one:

and a spanish one.
Not too long after this song was over, I was playing with the buttons and noticed a little ‘sirius’ dog logo and lo and behold! I had satellite radio on my rental car! I put up with about 30 minutes – which was about 29:30 too long to have to listen to this.
It was much more enjoyable after that!

Published in: on May 28, 2008 at 8:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today is Wednesday

Life: Indifferent Work: Indifferent
Weight: ??? Hours of Sleep:
I drove, and drove, and drove, and drove – all over yesterday.
It was hot, humid and really windy all day long so I was happy that I was in my air-conditioned car.
I made it back into town at 10 pm and found something to eat – ribs and crab legs! Yummy!
I leave this morning to go back home – that was quick.

Published in: on May 28, 2008 at 6:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Where Am I?

Where Am I - May 27, 2008
It’s very hot and very humid. Just under 100 degrees. Feels like 70% humidity. Windy as well.
I made it in okay – slept the whole way. I had intended to read a book 🙂
I checked into the hotel and went out to get some food. I went down to this place to find something. It’s ALL chain food.
I opted for the relatively safe Hard Rock. I normally sit out on the outside patio but it was too hot. I opted for the bar. There I met some people that had obviously been there longer than I had. The couple was great – they had just met the other person there. She was from Boston and a die-hard Red Sox fan – the husband from the couple was a Yankee fan. Normally, that would create enough of a riff – but add some alcohol and they tolerated each other. It was fun.
I came back early and went to bed. I’m so boring…
Here’s the best hint….
Where Am I - May 27, 2008

Published in: on May 27, 2008 at 6:18 am  Comments (1)  

Today is Tuesday

Life: Indifferent Work: Indifferent
Weight: ??? Hours of Sleep:
What a terrible night of sleep! The alarm kept going off. Someone called on the phone. Just a restless night.
I finished cleaning the back porch yesterday. It looks great! The dogs had eaten three more of the drip sprinklers. Grrr.
I actually made it to the airport with PLENTY of time – very unlike me. I had forgotten that it was the last day of the 3-day weekend as the airport was surprisingly full. I haven’t been on an Express Jet flight that was full in a long time. I guess that’s good.
I have a class this morning then a 7 hour round trip road trip to a faraway store…

Published in: on May 27, 2008 at 6:09 am  Leave a Comment  

Today is Monday

Life: Indifferent Work: Indifferent
Weight: Hours of Sleep:
Let’s see…
Went to bed later than I wanted.
Stomach was upset all night – I ate more food last night that I have in a week.
You, Me & Dupree is a stupid movie. I really dislike anything with Owen Wilson in it – I gave this one a try since it had Kate Hudson in it. Oh boy. I won’t get those 108 minutes back.
Sunnee’s alarm clock went off at 5:30am.
In prepping for my being out of town, I left the dogs so that they could go outside – they started barking at 6:00 am.
For some reason I thought that my flight was around 4 pm. Luckily I looked right before I went to bed and I leave at 1:30 pm. I have a lot of stuff to get done before I leave – one of which was take another bike ride. That’s not looking so possible right now. I am going to get going to see if I can swing it.
Yesterday was nice. I mowed the grass – it looks awesome! I started cleaning off the back porch – something that hasn’t been done in two years. It has dirt/dust dunes. I say started because I didn’t complete the job. The wind started up and kind of made the piles blow everywhere. I need to finish that before I go too.
I went to Mom & Dad’s for dinner. Had ribs, corn, watermelon and Jill had made some homemade Strawberry Ice Cream that was very good. I should not have had that second bowl… it was very rich.
Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Published in: on May 26, 2008 at 7:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Today is Sunday

Life: Indifferent Work: N/A
Weight: Hours of Sleep:
Everyone left me for California yesterday. By the time that they all left – I was welcoming their leaving! How sad is that! It was hellish just getting everyone ready. Everyone decided in the last 60 minutes that they all needed me to do stuff for them. They each had all week to put in requests but the last hour they all needed/wanted something. I had been trying all morning to get them to clean up the house, their rooms, the yard – nothing. Not a thing. Oh well. That’s what I’ve been doing all this morning – cleaning.
After dropping them off at the airport, I went the factory and finished payroll so that I wouldn’t have to go in on Monday. Take advantage of the car trips – that’s the way to go anymore. I did some spreadsheets on the new pricing thing to see when it would break even. Early 2010. Ick.
I came back home and watched mindless TV. “30 Days” was on and I watched two and half episodes of that. It was pretty interesting. I bet they could shorten those shows down to 30 minutes and they would keep the interest better. It’s from the guy who made ‘SuperSize Me’ – where he ate McDonald’s everyday for 30 days and gained something like 30 pounds. I should look up those facts before reporting them 🙂 The shows were good and I eventually went to bed.
This morning I went to Jill & Donald’s for breakfast. Yummy! And I didn’t even have to cook for myself – BONUS. Pokey the turtle came to the porch for food while I was there. That was cool.
They are going to come by later so that they can take care of the pooches while I’m gone.
I need to cut the grass for the first time! I hope the mower starts up. I hadn’t thought about that…

Published in: on May 25, 2008 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment