Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Shot in the dark

License plate: Z1Y-705
Black, dodge heavy duty 4x4 driving eastbound on 2222 between 620 and
360 at 10:15am

Why do you think it is ok to put trash in the back of your pickup so
that when you drive it blows out all over the highway?

And I'm pretty sure your suped up four wheel drive has at least one
ash tray in it, so why don't you use that instead of flicking your
ashes out your window.

Oh! And how very thoughtful of you to toss your butt out the window
into the drought ridden grass on 2222. I always wondered how those
grass fires by the road get started.

Ass hat.

Monday, September 29, 2008

As if doing laundry isn't hard enough..

Try washing his beloved blankie!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Awesome workout day!

It was nice to get back into the swing of the workout schedule following the hoopla of VEGAS from thursday to sunday. (Details to come when the pictures are sensored....um..yeah....)

Anyway, I had a GREAT swim in Logan and Ben's lane. And even though the water was chilly at first, I jumped in and got my swim on. I even got a thumbs up from Coach Mo for good body position and hand shadowing. It was funny because as I was swimming the length up to the side where he was standing I kept thinking, Hey -- I think I'm doing it right! And lo and behold, I WAS! YAY!

Then at track practice we partnered/grouped up to do Fartlek's around the trail. 2 minutes easy, 1 minute hard, 2 minutes easy, 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy 3 minutes hard...you get the idea...up to 5 minutes hard then back down again. I ended up with Suzanne and Maggie Caldwell (who I finally had the extreme pleasure of actually meeting in person!). I was thinking, holy shit, I hope I had enough to eat this afternoon -- because I'm going to need it to keep up! And lo and behold, I KEPT UP! YAY!!

The run felt good..although I was trying on a new pair of shoes..and I'm feeling a little bit of shin pain now...I'm going to switch my inserts to the new pair and see if that helps....I really, really, REALLY don't want to have sore feet/legs again. Cuz that really, really, really sucked!

3300 yards swimming and 5.5 miles of quality running. I'll take it!!

Now of to bed to prepare for the big birthday bash for Shay tomorrow! So many, many things to do! YIKES!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Sometimes as a parent, I wonder if my kids actually enjoy some of the craziness I sign them up for. (Grammar police, please excuse the proposition at the end of the sentence.)

Take tackle football for instance. You know there is football in our blood, but you never know if the kids are going to take to it and really enjoy it...or would they just tolerate it and do it because they think we want them to do it. I don't want to be one of THOSE moms that makes their kids do something they really don't enjoy.

When we first approached Shay with the idea of signing up for tackle football this fall, he was a little hesitant in that he wasn't sure how it was going to feel getting hit and tackled. Between some parental persuasion and peer pressure, he agreed to sign up. Our approach has always been: give it a try and if you really don't like it, you don't have to sign up for the next season.

After the first practice in full pads and through the first couple of games, you could see the progression going through Shay's head like "wow...that still kinda hurts even with pads on" then onto "I'm gonna blow this kid off the block! Take THAT!"

And last night at practice, Coach Hanna handed out official Falcon playbooks to the kids. And completely unprompted, this was the scene at breakfast this morning:

I almost burst into tears. Studying his playbook over breakfast. I love football season. And even way more than that, I love my kid.
Happy Birthday Shay!

Monday, September 15, 2008

My Official Cougar Card?


I know I'm getting close...BUT I'M NOT THERE YET!! QUIT PUSHING ME DAMMIT!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Yes, I'm a dork. I know. Carry On.

Yesterday for our long ride and given the unpredicatability of Ike (which as we know turned to be nothing for us to worry about here in Austin), the T3 long ride was schedule to be held indoors at the compound.

While some shudder at the thought of riding 4+ hours on a trainer inside...I actually don't mind it. (I've done a 5.5 hour stint by myself before! Whatever it takes, man...what...ever..it..takes.)

You get to chat with your friends, regardless of how much faster or slower they are than you. You are never more than maybe 1 minute from a restroom. You can bring as much nutrition as you could possible want and simply hop off your bike for a quick sec to refuel. You can watch movies, talk on the phone, email, chat...hell, blog if you really felt like it.

So, really I didn't mind one bit.

It was actually quite fun! We watched Wedding Crashers first. (I'd forgotten how funny that movie is!) and THEN, they popped in the DVD from the 2006 Kona Ironman. How perfect! And as dorky as I am, I was totally fired up! Make cadence and effort picked up as I watched all the stories unfold....it was cool to see the folks I've met and trained with for a week in San Diego and to watch Desiree's story and success unfold. Team Hoyt coverage always makes me cry. I seriously can't even tell non-triathletes the story without a few tears escaping. I mean, seriously, how can you not? And to see the late night finishers crossing the line in the dark. It is just a testament to the drive and perserverance of everyday mortals. I LOVE IT!

It was also really cool to look over and see Mo working hard on his trainer like everyone else. (And he literally created a pool of sweat under his bike...not a puddle...a POOL!) I'm excited to just be participating in the Halfmax race in Vegas with Chrissy and Mo. It is somehow oddly motivating to be competiting and doing something your coaches are doing too.

I also like seeing Jess, Jeremiah, Michelle, Maggie and others who are in the throes of IMAZ training, working their tushies off and thinking: "Hey -- that's going to be me in a few months. Throwing down the ironman distance training hours.....so....cool." I can't wait.

I think I've got my long ride nutrition under control, because I felt really good after the 3.5 hours and even agreed to brick run afterwards. (I didn't know we had one...guess I'd better start paying closer attention to the schedule.) It was just a 30 minute run, but I felt GREAT! No dead legs after just hoping off the bike or anything. (Granted the first .5 mile is downhill so I'm sure that helped.)

All in all, it was a great morning/afternoon of riding, running, talking, eating, hydrating and motivating.

Thanks T3. Thanks Austin.

Friday, September 12, 2008

M.O.M Degree

M.O.M -- stands for Masters in Operations Management

Due to hurricane Ike, instead of going to Houston this weekend, my sister's family came here! YAY!!

The only issue is they came yesterday (their dad drove them) and my sister (who is on a business trip in Pittsburgh) couldn't get a flight from Pittsburgh to Austin until Saturday night!

SO...I've got my niece and nephew today (who don't have school), Shay (who has school -- OH, only until 12:45...because they are letting all the schools out early to avoid crazy traffic issues and free up the buses for evacuee transportation) and the Devonator (who has gymnastics this morning -- OH and I'm in charge of carpool to and from gymnastics today.)

So far this morning has gone like this:

1:30 am - console Devon from bad dream and give sippy cup of milk and cuddle back to sleep

3:30 am - Dogs decided they HAVE to go outside to potty.

3:45 am - Dogs decide they are done being outside and want back in.

4:30 am - Devon arrives at my bedside stating "I had a bad dream, can I get in your bed?"

4:31 am - Haul 40 pounds, plus blankie and binkie into bed

5:30 am - wonder why I have only about 6 inches of a king size bed to sleep on, but smile when a pudgy little hand reaches over and touches my face

6:00 am - hear loud rucus from upstairs where Shay and his cousin are horsing around

6:30 am - Get up to get Shay ready for school, realize Devon's gymnastics uniform somehow did not make it through the wash cycle -- so start a load of laundry
6:45-7:20 am - Get Shay fed breakfast, nag him to get dressed, put his name on homework, brush teeth, wash face, put homework in backpack, take vitamin, hop on bike and get him started on sidewalk to school, I will catch up after I check on remaining 3 kids.
7:22 - I follow on my bike carrying backpack which Shay forgot
7:35 - arrive at school with Shay, lock up bike, check with principal regarding lunch time and early dismissal
7:50 - return home, change laundry, clean up kitchen following 3 kids having breakfast
8:00 - Roust Devon from my bed because we have 25 minutes to eat and get ready to leave for gymnastics
8:01 - Realize that last cup of milk for Devon wasn't a good idea, because now he has wet MY bed. Take off sheets. Change laundry and hope his uniform will be dry in 24 minutes
8:05 - Confirm with Lila's mom that I will be driving carpool to gymnastics today.
8:25 - Dress Devon in semi-dry uniform, load 4 carseats and 3 kids into Condo on wheels, depart for Lila's house
8:33 - Load up Lila, depart for Gymnastics
9:00-9:45 - Entertain niece and nephew for 45 minutes at gymnastics club while Devon and Lila have class
10:15 - return home, change laundry, shower, check email, voicemail, blog.

and the rest of the day should be like this:
11:15 - depart with 3 kids for target to buy two more numchuks for the Wii so all four kids can play Lego Starwars
11:45 - drive through McDonald's and get 4 Happy Meals
12:05 - Arrive at Shay's school so his little brother and two cousins can have lunch with Shay!
12:35 - Leave with all 4 kids

1-5:00: Romper Room at my house
5:00- prepare for football practice, get Shay dressed in underarmour, football pants and pads, fill water bottles, pack snacks, camp chairs, towel and anything else I think we might need for a two hour football practice
5:30-7:30 - Football practice and entertaining 3 kids while Shay practices
8:00 - Feed kids, give baths, put in a movie pray for bedtime to come soon.

It's a good thing today is my off day from working out.

I think I need an adult beverage.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Leaps and Bounds

I can't believe how quickly he is growing up. Here's Devon from this morning on his way to Jr. Pre-K (um...didn't we used to just call that preschool?). Check out his new Chuck's! He specifically asked to wear them today. :)

He must be on some kind of growth spurt. For breakfast he had waffles, a granola bar, a yogurt and a glass of milk!

Three-point stance, here we come! :)

Turn Here!

I had a great time volunteering at the Austin Tri a couple weekends ago. In addition to pulling folks from the water at swim exit, I got to be the traffic director at the final turn into the finishing chute.

I really like this spot as it is great to see how excited everyone is to be finishing. But my favorite part is inciting sprint-offs to the finish by yelling at people things like:

"Hurry, hurry! He's/She's RIGHT BEHIND YOU!" (especially when there's no one really there..that one's always fun and the other spectators always get a good giggle out of it.)

--or when two people are coming in kind of close:

To the first person: "Go, GO - you're winning! Don't let her/him catch you!"

And to the second: "Go NOW. You can catch her. Run! RUN!"

-- or when I see someone I know, giving a little tough love:

"This is a race! Quit lollygaggin! Move your ASS! NOW!!!"
Good times....and an excellent arm workout to boot! :)
Thanks, Austin!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


I'm so excited!!!

I've always enjoyed board games and puzzles and such, but it is hard to find others who share my dorkiness......

But it turns out (on the second time around), I've created by own! YAY DEVON!
And, not only does he like it, but it turns out he's pretty good!! He even managed to complete one that's rated for 5-year olds (with just a little bitty tiny bit of help from Mommy, but seriously not much.)!!

Here he is proudly displaying his work:

Monday, September 8, 2008

Falcons 2-0

I mean, if we were keeping scores at the games... :)

But check out Shay's 2nd TD of the season:

Sunday, September 7, 2008

What in the world??

Can you believe this? I had to put my foot (that's a women's size 9) in the picture so you could get some perspective on how large it really is.....

What do you think it is??

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Rockin' the PracticeMan

Today, I had a good day.

T3 put on a "practice tri" for the Longhorn Half Iron Tri coming up next month. We swam in Decker, road the course and put in a little run at the end.

And, man, I felt GOOD!

The swim was 3 loops of a 500 meter out and back course. It was just a practice swim, so everyone started out pretty casually it appeared. I wanted to focus on swimming with good technique since we weren't in a hurry or anything. I thought about pressing my chest, having the water go over the top of my cap and shadowing my hands so I don't cheat my stroke. I did feel some added pressure becuase Mo was out in a kayak in the middle and I felt like he was watching my technique, prepared to offer some "gentle" reminders about my stroke. It was good though as it helped me focus on swimming with good form.

The 1500 came and went in 24 minutes. I'll take it!

The leisurely transition was followed by a hilly 56 mile jaunt through the country (Avg 17.5 I think). It was a GREAT ride with Tom and Erin and even included a familiar fall-down-when-stopped-by-failing-to-clip-out by me! YAY! (I get at least one of these every year. DOH!)

I followed my nutrition plan from Longhorn last year and it served me well. After the bike, I still felt awesome!! In fact, I was looking forward to the run! GASP! (I know!) The legs felt good and I felt mentally that I was prepared to slog out the 13 miles on race day. (Which for me is more than half the battle!)

I had a nice run with Erin.....even though she didn't think it was nice at the time. In fact, she swore me up, down and sideways as I convinced her to tackle the big hill and keep running whenever she really, really, REALLY wanted to stop. We may have only done 2.5 miles but they were BIG mental miles and as always, Erin stood up to the test! :) Way to go E!

The team BBQ afterwards was tons of fun as everyone "recovered" with food and grog.

Good times!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Interesting Translations

Got this from a friend today...found it to be interesting...what say you?

Your Pocket Guide to Speaking Palin-guage (Vol. 1)
John Ridley

Up in the Twin Cities area folks are speaking a new language. Or, should I say Palinguage. It sounds sorta familiar because it's Latin based. But different from the plain English we're used to speaking, in Palinguage recognizable words take on new meanings. Won't you take a moment to learn some Plainguage so you can talk like a hypocritical conservative?

If you're a minority and you're selected for a job over more qualified candidates you're a "token hire." If you're a conservative and you're selected for a job over more qualified candidates you're a "game changer."

If you live in an Urban area and you get a girl pregnant you're a "baby daddy." If you're the same in Alaska you're a "teen father." (Actually, according to your own MySpace page you're an F'n redneck that don't want any kids, but that's too long a phrase for the evil liberal media to take out of context and flog morning noon and night).

Black teen pregnancies? A "crisis" in black America. White teen pregnancies? A "blessed event."
If you grow up in Hawaii you're "exotic." Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, you're the quintessential "American story."

Similarly, if you name you kid Barack you're "unpatriotic." Name your kid Track, you're "colorful."
If you're a Democrat and you make a VP pick without fully vetting the individual you're "reckless." A Republican who doesn't fully vet is a "maverick."

If you say that for the "first time in my adult lifetime I'm really proud of my country" it makes you "unfit" to be First Lady. If you are a registered member of a fringe political group that advocates secession that makes you "First Dude."

A DUI from twenty years ago is "old news." A speech given without proper citation from twenty years ago is "relevant information."

And, finally, if you're a man and you decide to run for office despite your wife's recurrence of cancer you're a "questionable spouse." If you're a woman and you decide to run for office despite having five kids including a newborn... Well, we don't know what that is 'cause THAT'S NOT A FAIR QUESTION TO ASK.

View from my office

I decided to take advantage of my swanky laptop, the wireless network, the absolutely beautiful day, the back porch and ceiling fan and am working alfresco today.

Here's the view from my "desk":

I don't know why I don't do this more often. Anyone looking for office space in NW Austin, feel free to stop on by....I've got a few extra chairs and room at the table.

Social Networking Addictions

Oh my... just want to say a big "Thank you" to Erin for getting me sucked into...I mean...showing the wonderful benefits of Facebook!

Between e-mail, chat, texting, blogs, Facebook and T3 Elite -- I'm pretty sure I'm networked up to the gills!

But how fun! YAY!!

Please feel free to forward me all your tips and tricks for the newbie! :)