Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Personal Saddle Warmer

So even though I am not riding my bicycles very much right due to the cold, it is very sweet of the demon kitty to keep the seats warm for me in case I do decide to brave the cold! This is one of her favorite places to sleep and hang out and I think it is funny to walk in and see her stretched between the two bicycle seats!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy Merry Everyday

Ok, this is to all of the people who chastise me for saying Happy Holidays. I am sorry, but while I do celebrate Christmas, there are plenty of people out there that don't, but do have other events that are equally important to them. I have never had someone who celebrates Hanukkah stop and correct me and say, "No, it is not Happy Holidays, it is Happy Hanukkah!".

Am I wrong or isn't this supposed to be the season of love and peace? Not to mention the fact that I consider New Years a holiday too so don't I have the right to wish someone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year's at one time? Do I have to specify which holiday I would like to wish them happiness for?? Maybe I am being too liberal or trying to be too PC but I am really tired of being chewed out when trying to wish someone well! I do think that we need to focus more on family and friends and the overall reason for the season instead of the consumer driven things that surround us, but surely there is a better way to handle it!

Anyways, no matter what you celebrate, or if you don't celebrate at all, I hope everyone is able to experience a little joy in their lives this season. Don't worry, to all of those who continue to correct me for what holiday greeting I use, I will still smile and wish them the best. Happy Merry Everyday!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Things I Have Done

Thinks I have done are in BOLD. Feel free to copy and post!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chicken pox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby (as much as a man can)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Seen Mount Rushmore in person
101. Learned to play an instrument

Thursday, December 11, 2008

One Stroke at a Time

Sorry for the lack of blogs lately, however there has been less time to report with and even less activity to report on! The one thing I have managed to get in is my swimming lessons and I really feel like those are really making a difference. Tonight was a tough night because we did a lot more actual swimming than just working on strokes.

It was tough realizing that when it comes to swimming, I am totally in craptastic shape. It was hard not to get bitter as after a few hundred yards the coach told me I was dragging my arms like I was tired. Now, she is a totally sweet girl and said this with full innocence and luckily I was too busy gasping to make some biting comment back. Instead of getting frustrated though, it just makes me more determined to schedule in more time to get in the pool. I did learn to do flip turns which will while that seems routine to most people, is a total blast for me to do. It makes me want to get to the end of the pool just so I can do one! Simple minds are always easily amused.

Another thing that is making a huge difference in the pool for me is the new goggles I got. My old ones leaked and fogged up so I never wanted to wear them. After doing some research, I ordered the Speedo Vanquish goggles and not only do they not leak at all, but I have not had them fog either. It amazes me how such a small change can make my swimming so much more enjoyable!

I have also been working on what races I plan to do next year. Right now the list is very long with everything I want to do, but I am sure it will get shortened considerable after reality sets in!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Livestrong-Join Team Fatty TODAY

In case you have not seen it, please visit here and consider joining or donating! If you sign up today, there is a $15 discount! I joined and am going to be doing the Austin ride next October. If I was really clever, I would post my confirmation, but I have tried and can't seem to make it work so you will just have to take my word on it. Anyways, if you can, ride or run! If you can do so in Austin, that would be even cooler because then you could meet up with me!

In other news, our family run went so well, we are thinking of trying for a Christmas event! We had 14 come out for the run....8 two-legged and 6 four-legged.