So, tip of the hat to you, friend.
15 May 2013
So, tip of the hat to you, friend.
09 May 2013
Last fall homebase, minovia and I went back to an old shed on our old Farragut farm and checked out some barn boards that had been salvaged and stored before they burned the barn on our Riverton farm. We moved off that land when I was 12 so we're talking about 24 years of sitting and collecting dust. But they looked like they had potential so we put on the work gloves, laid down the seats in my Jeep and started piling them in. We ended up being able to get a dozen full 1x12 boards in there with a couple more partial ones.
They sat in the garage for a while until a fairly warm day in November when I got out a bucket, a bristle brush, some heavy duty latex gloves, dish detergent and some Borax and went to town on them. I had read some blog posts about the best way to clean vintage boards but I noticed very quickly that I would have to scale back my scorched earth cleaning style. I have no idea how old the paint on these boards was or even how old the boards themselves were and I could easily have scrubbed down to bare wood with little effort. So I made a gentler mix of less Borax and switched out the coarse bristle brush for a rag. From there on in things went great. There was a lot of dirt that had embedded itself into the wood over the years. And the untreated raw boards soaked up water like a sponge. When I got finished I stacked the boards in the garage again, this time with spacers to let them fully dry out.
One, because the girl is super cute in her Very Hungry Caterpillar outfit (and book).
Two, even better than that, though, it is kid behind her who is having a much less enjoyable morning and happened to look at the camera at just the right moment. I laugh out loud every time I look at him.
08 May 2013
06 May 2013
First, I get a letter in the mail and the envelope is co-branded with US Cellular and Sprint logos. Odd, I think, as I opened it. Turns out that Sprint bought several US Cellular mid-western markets towards the end of 2012 and Chicago was one of them. My account is still based out of the Chicago US Cellular system. (which made me wonder if the US Cellular Park where the White Sox play is going to be renamed) In the letter I was told that my account is being assumed by Sprint and I would be given perks, new phone, etc etc. Or I could leave and find a different carrier without any penalties for breaking contract early.
Then a couple days ago, I saw the news that US Cellular has decided to offer its customers the iPhone...finally. They have lost 5% of their customer based since their decision a year and a half ago to not carry it.
So my decision now is...
- Choose to stay with US Cellular by switching my account from the Chicago system to an Iowa location. Probably have to get a new phone number. Would have to wait and see when US Cellular stores will actually start stocking and selling the iPhone.
- Let me account switch to Sprint and see what kind of offers they extend to current customers. minovia is also a Sprint customer.
Edit: Just checked out the coverage maps for both carriers. Yikes, Sprint's coverage is not impressive once you get out of town or off the interstate.
03 May 2013
I didn't even have time to blog about all the fun things we planted in my garden on Sunday before I am having to blog about covering everything in containers and blanket to try and save them from the bizarre snow storm we've been in the middle of for the past couple days.
Hopefully everything will be ok and I'll have lots to share next week about how things look.
I followed up the half marathon with a great morning of birding with homebase out at Walnut Woods where we saw all kinds of great things. It was a great way to keep my mind off my upcoming surgery and, more difficultly, not being able to eat or drink all morning.
I don't think I've ever had general anesthesia before so that was a new experience. Last thing I remember was them added it to my IV and the ceiling tiles starting to get a bit fuzzy and out of focus. Next thing I knew I was waking up and super groggy. Luckily I don't remember most of the odd things I'm sure I said but with homebase and minovia there to drive me home, take care of me, get me whatever I need, monitor my medicine, plug me into and out of my cooling machine, the recovery process was as pleasant as possible. My stomach couldn't handle the strong pain pills, so it was just ibuprofen for me, but that has fit the bill with no problems. I couldn't believe the difference a night made. Monday evening and night were pretty rough but when I woke up on Tuesday, I felt like a new man. Homebase brought great meals up with her so we all ate well, plus I had Pablo's burrito delivery courtesy of caboose, and I checked out some movies from the library so we had those to watch ("Pal Joey", "War Horse", along with "Promised Land" on iTunes). Plus I could look out my windows and watch the birds at the feeders. There was a moment when I was looking through my binoculars from my chair, with my blanket over me and it made me think of Jimmy Stewart in "Rear Window." Luckily I didn't see anything too suspicious going on out there. Stoppable thought of the exact movie when we were talking later. Shared experiences make you think alike I guess! He also corrected me because I had originally and mistakenly thought the movie was "A Room With a View."
I really was getting pretty spoiled so on Thursday I headed back to work, arm in the sling (for another 4 weeks!) and was happy to be up and about and have some work to do.
Thanks to all my support team and all the well wishes!
01 May 2013
Officially I finished in 1:57.16, which is an 8:57 pace. My pace increased from the 5k mark (9:08), to the 10k mark (8:59) to the 15k mark (8:57). I was 700th overall of 1588 finishers, 66th of 111 M3539, 459 of 824 of males.
27 April 2013
(And it might be the only fun they have...Hartlepool is sitting in the relegation zone of League 1 and playing Crawley Town (is that where Matthew is from???) who is sitting in 10th.)