Saturday, June 28, 2008

Glad that's over

For some reason last week was a beating and I had a major case of tired-head by Friday.

Today things are much better (thank you for asking). Slept in a bit, and got in a good 2+ hours on the mountain bike. Hopefully the rain will hold off until later on Sunday and we can ride more dirt in the morning.

I think I have the camera I want figured out. Now I just have to find a store that carries it. I know I can order on-line and even save money. But - I'm one of those that likes to touch and look at something before I buy it; besides, it also supports the LBS (I guess in this case it would be the LCS) and I think that's important.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Getting put in my place

Let me start off with this simple statement: I HATE RUNNING. I know it's a good workout and good for the bones (especially since I would rather be partaking in the non-impact - at least if you do it right it is non-impact - sport of cycling). I also am not fond of the early morning wake up call. I'm not a night person, but I'm also not a morning person - give me the middle of the day.

Going against my nature I am trying to get into a weekday routine of the early morning "run", or walk on off days. Shimano would be very willing partner in this daily adventure, but since the temperature in the mornings is already in the 70s I thought it would be a bit warm and stressful for him since he has a long, thick coat and he's a long way from puppyhood.

Monday morning rolls around and I leave through the garage so Shimano doesn't get worked up and excited thinking it's walk time and go solo on my morning torture session. Tuesday morning is a walk day, so I buddy up with Shimano and we get in a power walk. On Wednesday morning I head out through the garage again. Well, it seems that although Shimano may be old, he's not stupid. He's figured out what's going on and that I've left without him. I hear a couple of barks from him as I head down the street and think nothing more of it.

When I get back home and go though the back gate am I greeted my by "Boy am I happy to see you" tail-wagging dog? Noooo!!! I'm getting barked at by my dog who seems to be yelling at me for leaving without him! Great. My dog is laying a guilt trip on me. Sad thing is - it worked. I ended up grabbing the leash and taking him for a quick walk around the block so he'd be happy.

Now, I either need get/give him a hair cut or find another way to sneak out to avoid getting chewed out... literally.

Monday, June 23, 2008


I get to buy a new digital camera and I can get whatever I want, within reason, since work is paying for it and taking my old one in exchange (it's nice to be Queen!). But there are too many options and I don't know what I really want/need.

ARRGGGHHHH!!!!! I hate making decisions and wish someone would just tell me which camera I want.

I did find a website that helps narrow things down and it pretty much suggests that a Panasonic Lumix is the camera for me. It also suggeted 5 different models of the Panasonic Lumix. I still need someone to tell me what I want.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Yesterday was the first time on a bike after two weeks, seems strange to not ride for that long. I've had some late nights at work and although I was at a bike race last weekend I spent my time (about 13 hours each day) behind the registration table and not on a bike (time spent does not include set up and tear down each day). The race promoter nicknamed me the "Registration Goddess" - I think it should be the "Registration Idiot". At least we were in a nice shady spot down on Swiss Avenue, so we didn't feel the 100+ temps, and I could watch about 200' of the racing and two tricky corners from where we were set up.

You'd think that after spending that much time around around racers and racing I have something to share, but I think I was way too brain dead and on auto-pilot (especially on Sunday) to remember anything if it did happen. I did have fun trying to talk people into doing "just on more race".

We shared the house with two out of town racers, and I should of had a story or two to tell on them, but sadly I wasn't around much. I did manage to get lost-ish going home Saturday and was late meeting everyone for dinner. So much for "I'll just drive home the same route I took to get here." Stupid one way roads. Learned my lesson going home on Sunday and Kyle was the one to take the wrong turn and heads towards Waco. (I cheated and followed Alan - Kyle just followed Alan's directions.)

Anyway, back to this weekend and bikeling*. Did a little road ride yesterday afternoon. It took about 30 minutes before the saddle wasn't annoying and uncomfortable, but it was good to ride - even if it was the road bike. Today was the mountain bike, sooo much more fun. Got some laps in at the OCNP - nothing too hard, just some good fun time on the bike.

I have a long way to go to get in shape for racing, or at least what I call "racing", but I also have a couple months to work on it. Tomorrow morning sees the restart of early morning running (actually more walking than running right now) and I think I found a route from the house that I can ride after work and even get a little hill work in if I want.

*Thanks to Moni of Waffle House for the screwing up "bike riding" and coming up with "bikeling". That's right up there with the guy that pronounces peleton "pel-O-ten".

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

It's easier to be an asshole to words than to people.

Just wish more people thought about who is on the receiving end of their words...

**Thanks to Randall and (one of my favorite web comics) for the above.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

French will never be the same.

It's been brought to my attention that my attempt at blogging is (in not so many words) "lame" - thanks Chris you can now revert to calling me "Mrs. J".

The Matrix Challenge is this weekend and somehow over the last couple years I have become "The Registration Goddess" - stay on my good side or face the wrath of my high heeled shoes! (From TxBRA: RE: Matrix Challenge Waivers posted by dka on 6/10/2008 2:05:00 PM.
Ask our Registration Goddess on Saturday. Be nice though because she will rip out your lungs and step on them in her high heels.
) Two days from 5:30am - 8:30pm UGH! But... I should have something interesting to share afterwards.

Like at the last race I worked which happened to fall on the same day that Daylight Savings Time began. This guy walks up as we are packing up registration for the day and wants to sign up for his race. I tell him "I'm sorry, but registration is closed". He says "that's OK, I'm pre-registered". I tell him "no, registration is closed and that the race started at 11:00". He said "but it's just a little after 10:00". I tell him "no - the time change was this morning, it's after 11:00" and that his race took off about 10 minutes ago. I won't repeat what he said, but I think it was French. Which leads to a recent happening...

Kyle & I recently traveled to Alabama for a race and during the many hours in the car one of the songs included the infamous "F"word. I made a comment about him listening to that kind of music and he reminded me of the time that Mike D. dropped an F-bomb then followed with "pardon my French" and Kyle's response was "didn't know that was French". Anyway, had to tell that to tell this... When we got back from Alabama I was overjoyed to find that my computer had crashed. I called Dell and talked to a nice support person in Nashville (YEA! gold level support), we go through the restore process and I leave the computer to do it's thing while Kyle & Willis play Guitar Hero. I come back in to check on the computer and the guys inform me that I have the blue screen of death... "FfffffffffFRENCH!!!" Which brings laughter from the guys as they know what I really wanted to say.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

In the beginning... not so much.

Someone, who at this time will remain nameless (you know who you are), thought it would be an awesome idea for me to start a blog. Although I greatly disagree with this person, I figured I would give it a shot.


In my world it's late, so this is it for now. Sad, huh?