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Relaxing weekend

Posted on July 20th, 2009 in exercise, family, kids, Life in general, Random thoughts by g-man || 5 Comments

More or less.

My lovely wife and I took a nap on Saturday. It was glorious, almost as good as if we “took a nap”. It was well deserved after getting up early to take the girly girls to their swim meet. Our little 5yo Booba had been practicing but was too uptight to swim in a meet, until yesterday. I have some good pictures, but I brought the wrong camera to work today to be able to post them (bad daddy).

8yo Princess Drama Queen won her heat in the backstroke!! And won several other ribbons for placing. She was also on the relay team.

H and I hung out and chatted up all the other adults we knew there, and as a bonus I had my hair spiked up in a faux-hawk to simulate the Marlins fin. The kids thought it was pretty cool. (no pictures of that though).

Sunday was nice, went to church, came home with one extra kid for a play date, power washed the side of the house that gets little in the way of sun (and therefore has green stuff growing). Since I had the power washer out I washed and waxed my car with “help” from Booba, which was followed by the promised bike around the neighborhood.

Since my opportunities to go to the gym were nil because of scheduling or sabotaged by naps, I went Sunday before dinner. Holy cow is the gym a quiet place on a Sunday evening when it is nice out, I really enjoyed being able to go from machine to machine without having to wait.

How was your weekend?

Rain rain …

Posted on June 18th, 2009 in drama, exercise, food, friends, psudo-rant, Random thoughts, travel, weather by g-man || 9 Comments

Why the hell did you follow me to work?
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The pink is my route (after I get coffee). I didn’t get the image thing worked out soon enough to be able to show my entire ride to work, and how the colors traveled as I did, but sufficed to say my car was in the “yellow/red” for my entire commute! Which also made people who are already uptight and stupid even more so. Sheesh! I have had enough rain.

SonyHeadphones.jpgYesterday, at the gym, someone moved my headphones from off the counter where I put then during the weight portion of my workout. When I was done lifting and ready to do the cardio I had no earphones from which to jam heavy metal into my head to keep me motivated. I looked about, asked the attendant, pawed the towel basket (not too deeply though, yuck), went to the lost and found, and finally retrieved my backup set from my car. The backup set makes me look like Princess Leia. (If I think of it I’ll take a picture). I was a little perturbed and dismayed at any of the scenarios by which my headphones were relocated. Fortunately they are $10. Sony headphones, so I got a replacement pair from Target. I was intrigued by some $25 ones, but maybe I’ll save that for another day.

Tomorrow is FRIDAY!! And I am going to my other office (closer to home) for the afternoon, which of course precipitates lunch with my lovely wife (if she is not too busy) and or Esmerelda (if she is feeling better) and two of my favorite colleagues from work. Should be a hoot.

Blessed sleep

Posted on June 10th, 2009 in exercise, family, kids, Random thoughts, sleep (or the lack thereof) by g-man || 7 Comments

ZGI_0318a.jpgI don’t know what the heck is up with my two girls. For the past several nights they have taken up to 3 hours to go to sleep. They have gotten out of bed to pee and/or complain about the dark, or the light or each other, and/or say that they were scared of dying, or bears, or the dark or the light and/or report physical anomalies like stomach pain, or leg cramps or being itchy. You know, anything and everything!

Each time out of their bed they would come to our room and bother talk to us, and they were out of their beds on average every 8 minutes. It was extremely frustrating for all of us. Last night the whining and getting upset started while we were out at dinner at Bob Evans, to the amusement of the other patrons around us. Heather and I could only laugh at the absurdity of it all. Fortunately after much cuddle time in our bed and talking to the girls about their fears and what-not they went down with nary a fight, and stayed all night. Now all I need is another month of sleep to catch up and I’ll be good.

Aside from the lack of sleep it has been an extremely busy week so far. I have had several ideas for the WWC and have not taken my camera out of the bag in two days, much less set any of those shots up. I think I will just do a double post for next week.

I need to go to the gym. We tried to go yesterday, but the storm knocked the power out. {sigh}

Stinky mental health day

Posted on June 4th, 2009 in church, drama, exercise, funny, house, kids, Mental health, psudo-rant, Random thoughts by g-man || 14 Comments

I took Wednesday off because I had a psychiatrist appointment in the morning and a psychologist appointment in the afternoon. It really didn’t make any sense to go to work in between. So I figured that I could get in a work out and have sushi buffet instead. I also figured that since our evening was full of swim team practice, soccer practice, and a church borad meeting that taking the day off was really the best course.

Since I had the day off it seemed a good idea to schedule a doctors appointment for the 5 year old who has been complaining on and off for a while now that her “tummy hurts all the time”. I had planned on taking her myself, but my lovely wife wanted to take her too so we all went. She appears to be okay, but we are giving up milk products for a while to see if there is any change.

The trouble in my day started when I had to take Booba back to school after the doctors. It was going to be her lunch time when we got back, and she had been asking my wife to come and have lunch with her, so since I was going to be there I was asked to stay. I figured I had plenty of time built into my day so why not. It is 11:30 and we get to school at the tail end of her lunch time. She wolfs down half her burger while the boys in her class attack the Happy Meal box. (I smartly left the toy in the car ;) She gave me her fries and 7 minutes after getting there lunch was over. Booba asked me to walk her to recess. I did. She didn’t want me to leave. Poor punkin. After a few minutes and many queries from her classmates and offers to play she let go and I left.

I went home, changed for the gym, took some packages to the UPS Store then hit the gym. I was happy to have my third workout for the week over on a Wednesday, leaving the rest of the weeks evenings open. Woo hoo!.

Well I had completed my circuit and was ten minutes into my 35 minute cardio when I looked at the clock on the wall. I had to be at my second appointent in 45 minutes. SHIT! Well I guess I was going to go stinky. (I have a travel size can of deodorant in the car for just such emergencies) After my workout I hose myself off in the car and prepare my apology speech to the Doc. (He was gracious)

I figured I’d have time between the other things to shower.

After my last appointment I got some Subway for lunch and went home. Halfway through lunch the security system salesman stops by. Heather and I have talked about getting one for a while but have been on the fence so I tell this dude to come back at 6:30. I finish lunch, Ok, now it is time to get the girls off the bus.

After the bus, it is time to get ready for Swim team practice. And we go to practice. Good thing for everyone it is outside and there is a breeze, because my stink spray is wearing off. Heather meets us at the pool and after practice takes Booba back home and I take Princess Drama Queen to her soccer practice, already in progress.

When we get home from soccer practice it is 6:30 and here comes the salesman. I have just got back from standing in the sun for a couple hours after already stewing in my own sauce for some time now. I expect I can attract flies from a mile away. I tell the sales dude that I have a 7:00 meeting at church and he needs to be quick. He is (more or less) and we decide to get a system. He tells us that the installer can be there in a 30 minutes and will only take an hour or so to get up and running. Bonus!

I arrive at church at 7:22, after another generous hosing of deodorant.

Church guy: “Oh hi Scott, I’m glad you are here, I hope that you don’t mind that we really haven’t made any progress.”

{laughter}

Me: “Only if you dont mind that I I havent showers since the gym and stink to high Heaven.”

{more laughter, but they all move away a little}

On my way home after the meeting I am fantasizing that the girls will be in bed and the security system installed, and my wife is ready for action ;) What I came home to was the girls yelling about something, the security guy just getting started, and the only one ready for action was me. :/

We got the girls off to bed, the security guy finished up and it was nearly 10:30 before I finally was able to get into the shower. 10 hours of self basting was enough for this kid, and I’m sure for everyone else I had to interact with.

Today will be better.

Here is a picture I took the other day. Enjoy.

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Workin’ out.

Posted on May 20th, 2009 in exercise, Random thoughts, weight by g-man || 14 Comments

Holy cow, for the past two weeks I have been to the gym 3 days a week and busting a hump. My new workout (which is captured by the individual machines and electronically stored and relayed to a web interface) consists of 8 stations (3 leg and 5 arm/shoulder). That weight training takes about 25 minutes, then I do 35 minutes on a cardio machine (usually an elliptical which is also wired). Go me.

This week is going to be messed up, since we are headed to Ohio on Thursday night. We also lost the membership ID’s for the girls so picking them up from the Kids place would be les than easy. Yesterday I managed to get them replaced.

spinning_bike50.jpgMonday H and I went to spin class, it was my first time. I was not really sure what to expect. I ended up parking the absolute furthest away from the door, and had to back to the car because I left my G-2 bottle. By the time I got back H had my bike all set up. She helped me adjust the seat, and we got started. I knew H had talked to the instructor when she asked if there were any first timers and I raised my hand with a few others and gave me the “oh yeah, you.” look.

I was surprised by the fact that the big wheel is linked to the pedals such that the rider can not “coast”. To stop the wheel you have to ungracefully try to back pedal. Once I got that figured out the rest of the class went okay. (not counting H dropping her water bottle 5 minutes into the class).

I managed to keep up and will go back again. I did think about Biscuit while we were there since this is her gig, and our instructor also mentioned Body Pump, which is also Biscuit’s gig. (Although I dont know if this instructor also does BP).

Tuesday was a regular workout and today I’m not sure what I will do since we are leaving tomorrow. I haven’t been on the scale in a while so I dont know how that is going, maybe next week. :)

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