Friday, July 11, 2014

Traveling and Family Photography Next Summer...

So, next summer we want to travel the country for about a month.  Right now, we're going back and forth between renting an RV to drive and tow Luigi, or one to tow with the Subaru.  But that's neither here nor there.  The main reason for this post is to plug my wife, Jane, and her photography.
What our plan is, is to not only travel and see the sights, but my wife wants to photograph families around the country as well.
That's why I have a few of her more recent photographs in this post.  She is a phenomenal professional photographer!  Here's a link to her site.  As you can see, she does specialize in photographing children.  If you'd be interested in us coming out next summer and Jane photographing your children, and us possibly going for a run (fingers crossed I'll be running next summer!!), let me know!

Thanks for reading!  Spread the word to your friends, family and followers!!  And don't forget to check out Jane's site!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Quote of the Day

I love this quote :)  I love a lot of her quotes.  I need to read her books!!  Sorry for the graininess, I wanted the image large enough...Have an awesome weekend!

Friday, June 20, 2014

World Cup exercises...turned nightmare...

I created this just before the second game today...

To the bottom I added, 'Daddy does double.'  The whole idea was to get the kids moving while watching/ having the World Cup on in the background.  We rarely just watch.  Usually we're reading, writing, or playing a game.

We turned on the game and a few minutes in France scored.  Then scored a minute later.  And then again, and again.  And?  Just as I'm typing this, they scored again and, I don't know how, but they didn't score with a flurry of shots against Switzerland, who's defense and goalie were about as good as their cheese.

I'm not a big upper body workout guy by any stretch of the imagination, so 80 push-ups in 75 minutes, plus the half, has been a hell of a lot.  I really, really hope no one else scores.  We've still got one game to go...but hopefully I'll be out riding as I did a bike fit on my own as I didn't want to spend $200 plus for one...

Damn you Switzerland!  You freakin' scored!

I gotta go...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Crust Lovers Unite! and for those with kids that hate crust...

I was reading an article about an 'Old Wives' Tale' regarding swimming right after eating.  Long story short, it's ok to swim right after you eat, though they did say if you had a large, heavy meal, you might feel a bit nauseous.

At the bottom of the article, they had a link to other 'Old Wives' Tales' including one about the crust of bread.  Kids, mine included, though I never cut it off for them, but would take one for the team and eat all the end slices (and still do...umm, Jane?  Crust won't kill you :) ).  I always told them, the end slice and the crust is good for you.  But, I never knew why.  Now I do.  And, here's the info you can pepper at your kids when they whine about crust and end slices:

"Bread crust not only contains powerful antioxidants that can combat cancer, it is also rich in dietary fiber, which can prevent colon cancer. "

Well, that's good enough for me.  My kids are past that hating crust stage, and they don't whine about end slices, but they will leave them in the bag and open a new one when they make their own sandwiches.  Now I can give them some real, solid evidence.  Maybe it'll even get my wife to eat the end slices :)

I've also gotten some good news on the knee support side, but that info will be coming later (no, no surgery, yes, still have knee pain, still not running).

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Redefining myself as an athlete

Over the past several months, I have become a sloth.  I've been frustrated with my knee.  Somedays it hurts to walk around, somedays it feels like I could go run 20 miles on the trail (if I was physically capable anymore).  This frustration had led me to give up on myself.  I haven't done much of anything at all- no planks, push-ups, PT exercises, running, riding on the trainer or anything else remotely athletic.

I decided I needed to redefine myself.  I had no more goals.  I had no desire.  I had nothing to motivate me.  I lost the fun of working out just for the hell of it.

So, redefine myself I will.

Into what?  I decided to get back into racing...bicycle racing!  I've got a long way to go, but I plan on finding a cat 5 race in the late summer.  For now, it'll be riding the roads when I can and on the rollers when I can't.  I'll also be doing the occasional plank and some push-ups as well.  I remember really needing those arms to help propel myself up those hills!  Geez...did I really use to attack them in the 53 tooth ring?  Yeah, and I'm looking forward to the challenge of getting back at it.

Will I get to where I was?  I did with running in terms of distance (and setting distance PR's) but not with speed.  I don't think I'll be heading out for an easy 80 or 90 mile ride each weekend, or grinding out a tough 23 in an hour without aerobars (I remember that PR at 23.4- easy to remember!).  But I really want to break my speed PR of 58 MPH on a downhill.  I know exactly where that hill is.  I remember that speed, too.

The bike I have will have to be good enough for the road, but I'd like to get into cyclocross as well and I'd need a bike for that.  And, of course, I've got my eye on a couple...but I'm not going to get ahead of myself yet.

But, like I said, I can't get ahead of myself.  My dicktor that said I shouldn't run anymore (ok, it's worked out that way...for now) also said I shouldn't ride a whole lot either.  We'll see.

Thursday, May 15, 2014


We had the most delicious dinner tonight!
Veggie quesadillas...
Green pepper and green and yellow zucchini all chopped up

Arugula and spinach

mixed with raspberry merlot dressing

How the hell did that get in there...

Put on a tortilla, cover, cook

Flip and try not to lose too much...
From there, it's eat up!  My wife, kids and friends all added mozzarella to theirs.  I may look for a vegan cheese (soy or rice based) to help everything stick together better.  Mine fell apart easily and I basically had to put it back together by the forkful.  Overall, it was a HUGE success!

Saturday, May 3, 2014


Yes, believe it or not, I said, FU, knee, I'm going for a run.  This was my first run since November.  I'd noticed improvements in my knee and decided I'd trot around for a bit.  I'd had pain directly on my kneecap when I'd crawl around on it or kneeling on it.  That stopped about two months ago.  I was, and am, still having pain in my knee.  There's no rhyme or reason, it just starts to hurt.
 So, I donned my socks
 Got on my shorts
 and shirt
and my running shoes

and headed out the door for 18 minutes of walking and running.  

I walked 2 minutes, then ran 2 minutes.  I alternated until I hit a 2 minute walk for a cool down.  Overall I think I did about 1.3 miles or something like that.  I couldn't find my trusty garmin, so I wore my back-up Soleus.  I wasn't worried about watching my pace or anything, I really wanted it to time my intervals.  And, I figured if I had any pain while I ran, I'd hit the lap button when it started and when it ended to check for any consistent pain times.  

Thankfully, I had NO pain in my knee during or after the run.  Nor did I have any pain at all the next day.  So, will I run more?  Sure!  But it's been a week since this run and I still haven't gone again.  Thankfully my dad is finally out of the hospital after an almost 3 week stay, and I've been sleeping better thanks to melatonin.  I still wake up during the night, but not for as long or as often.  My wife's been sleeping better as well and that's been a big part.  The pain in her arm hasn't been waking her (and I) up as much at all.  Plus, we've been kicking our cat out.  He's a snuggler and likes to lay on injured parts.  So, to get to Jane's arm, he'd walk over me and that't wake me up, too.  Plus, when he wants to lay on my chest, I'd wake up as well.  

It'd been 6 weeks of waking up multiple times a night because of this and to fetch ice or pain killers, that it's become a habit that I really need to break.  I've gone back to eating out of boredom and as a stress release.  My weight is still, somehow, below 165, but with the lack of exercise, my 32's don't really fit anymore and the 33's are feeling a bit less than 'just right'...

I'll get back at it (exercise regularly, not just running) and drop that extra eating now that my dad's home and Jane's slowly mending.

Have a great run!