Friday, February 21, 2014

So what...

The codeine finally kicked in and 3 months later, my sister told me to get back to blogging.  Maybe I will, maybe I won't.

My legs are sore, I ran 3.5 miles yesterday.  By "run", I mean mostly walked with occasional bursts of running.  I've been pretty terrible about working out, just a little of this and a little of that.  I've been doing some of the XBox fitness workouts, which are fun.  But mostly they remind me that sitting at a desk 40 hours a week turns you into a bag of goo.

Penny and I worked probably 60 hours each this week, and I know I have more coming up this weekend.  I can't wait for things to calm down.  This is ridiculous.

That's all for now, I gotta get ready to do more work.  Yay.


Monday, November 11, 2013

The codeine hasn't kicked in yet.

On Friday, I started getting a tickle in my chest, which turned into some interesting percolation type noises upon expiration.  By Sunday, I had a fever of 600* and cold chills, generally achiness, enough nausea to dread it, savage headaches, and felt almost deathly.  Not quite food poisoning bad (that's the worst evar), but quite sickly.  That SO ticked me off seeing as I work for Barack Obama I had Monday off, and was planning on going on a nice long mountain bike ride at Shawnee Mission Park before the weather crapped out.  So much for that, but thank you to all of our Veteran's.  I wish we'd stop getting into so many wars and making veterans, but then that wouldn't be American.  At least of the last 40 years or so.

Anyway, before this turns into a geopolitical summarization from an idiot savant, life has otherwise been pretty good.  Penny got really sick, but she's nearly on the up and up.  Kieran is working through a cold, and AB is healthy except for the fact he was playing football and ran into a retaining wall.  He's trying to take after his old man.

Apart from the sickness, life has been good.  I'm thankful this is all the sick we all get, and that in a week or so we're all back upright and taking names.

Speaking of thankful, Penny has been leading us at dinner every night where we each state what we are thankful for.  AB is always thankful for sports, but tonight he was thankful for friends.  Kieran is often thankful for things that may or may not exist in this plane of reality.  But that's why we're blessed.

So, I'll be riding again soon enough, and trying to get some leg muscles again, and we'll all be ready for T-Day and Christmas.  At the risk of sounding bah-humbug, why in the world do people have Xmas lights up the day after Halloween.  As if Christmas wasn't struggling enough with capitalism...

That's it for now.  I probably should hit the sack and hope for some decent, sweat-less sleep.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Wild weekend

I hardly got out to ride this week.  Today was my first and only ride, although it was a bit short it was great.  Allow me to rewind to Monday first.  This work week was a hell week if there ever was one.  Firewalls constantly failing causing outages and for some reason I got stuck with both a Juniper and Cisco TAC case working on these pieces of junk.  That's still not resolved, but I think things are stable enough.

At least I had Saturday to look forward too.  My friends are in this band...no really.  They needed a sound guy and I clearly knew nothing about so I decided to volunteer.  That led to a 1:30am practice Friday morning, which so boosted my productivity that day.  I was also getting antsy since I was going to sit in for "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.  My playing is ok, but I was banking on all our friends being mostly inebriated before I hit the stage.  Therefore, I would sound just like Jimmy Page.  Er, I mean Gary Rossington.

My nerves were getting a little amped for the solo, but fate hadn't played her hand yet....

A few hours before sound check, Penny got a text from a couple of her friends that the lead singer, (Coach) Brad, had been in a car accident.  Turns out it was pretty bad, and he ended up staying the night in the hospital.  So the show was cancelled, and now I can go back to plunking solos out in A minor.  I think he'll be ok soon enough, his body took a pounding though.

Since we didn't go out and subsequently I was in pretty good shape (no hangover to recover from), I went out for a BuRP ride, and had some decent legs and cleaned a few technical parts of the trail I haven't cleaned in quite a while.  So that was good.  I gotta get some more miles in before October is over though so I can earn a Strava badge (250k in October).  That's pretty lightweight for some people, but that's a lot for me, especially since the back is still occasionally bothering me.

That's it for now, I'm already getting tired.  The boys are all amped so I know they won't go to bed easily...sigh.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Riding, and an old video worth a re-look

I left work a little early yesterday to get a few road miles in before the crappy weather hit this weekend.  I figured between the bad weather and the soccer games my riding chances wouldn't be very good.  So I got a solid 24 or something like that, and it felt great.  I pushed into a headwind the whole way out, and I bet I went at least twice as fast on the way home.  Something about flying along like that makes it so fun.  I ran out of gears a few times, which either means the tailwind was strong or I have some easy gears on.  Probably a bit of both.  My legs are definitely talking to me today, and I love that feeling.

Penny is really sick, she's on a z-pak trying to stave off pneumonia or something like that.  She's had a fever for a few days, and has a nasty cough too.  I've been sleeping in the guest bedroom and trying to keep my distance while still taking care of her.  It's a lot of work trying to keep up with the house and kids, but Lord knows she takes care of me the other 361 days of the year.

AB's last fall soccer game is this weekend, and it's going to be frigid.  I bet it'll just be me out there.  I'm going to have to bust out my thermals, wool socks, and winter boots.  It'll feel like cyclocross except for the lack of cowbell.

Now for the video, or "The Rant"...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Riding again

I've been riding a bit more since I have this extra time off thanks to Congress (I'm furloughed).  I had a great ride at Minor Park today, and hopefully can get some more rides in this weekend but it's pretty action packed.

Doesn't get much better than this...


My legs/lungs/heart are in sad, sad shape.  I guess that's what happens when you take 10 months off or so.  But I feel like they are getting a little better.  There are few joys in my life greater than when I'm going fast on a bike.  It's so invigorating and liberating.  Especially when you are riding well and in the zone.  Awesome.  I've gotten a few short bursts of that since I started back up, and it's pretty addicting.  I do remember when I was in decent shape a couple of years ago and was an ok racer.  I had some speed, some handling, but there clearly was a large gap between myself and the guys who rode 100+ miles a week.  Not to belittle my efforts and accomplishments, but that's a TON of work to keep yourself in real, competitive race shape.  Like you need to be on the bike 6 days a week.  It just didn't mean that much to me and I got tired of being tired.  But now I'm round-shaped and ready to get back into some other shape.

Enough about that.

AB lost his 3rd tooth a couple of days ago, I tried ripping it out of his head but that just ended in tears.  He woke us up at 3am that night to let us know it came out.  We've been waiting at least 4 months for that thing to finally wiggle out.  It is his top front tooth, and has been loose for as long as I can remember.  The other top front tooth has been loose about the same amount, and hopefully it'll pop out here fairly soon.  Not that I'm anxious to go visit the ortho, but I'm interested in seeing what kind of budget trauma we'll have to sustain.

AB wouldn't open his mouth to show off his gappy tooth, so Kieran volunteered


We are going to see the Miami Heat tomorrow night, and then a bevy of soccer games, swim lessons, and AB is getting his 3rd grade bible tomorrow.  I think it's one of those things that he might not appreciate for awhile, but the most important thing I could ever teach him is that the world is much, much bigger than him, and there is something real that binds it all together.  The sooner he appreciates those two facts, the sooner he can find lasting happiness, which is what any parent wants for their child.
Sigh.

There is always more to write, but I felt I should at least write something since it's been a bit, and I haven't had a good excuse not too.  I've more or less enjoyed my time off, but it's about time to get back to work (which is going to be a disaster of epic proportions), and I want to make sure we get back paid.  We have some float, but I'd just as soon use it to cover something we did, rather than congressional ineptitude.

Friday, September 20, 2013

I was wondering where Fall was...

I had a feeling if it didn't show up soon, that the snow would be flying in a matter of weeks and we'd get gypped out of what is KC's best season.

After the crazy looking storms last night, we have some gorgeous weather ahead.  I know summer was fairly mild, but 90 degree air temps are pretty over-rated.

My mom had her 60th birthday, and we hosted the party last weekend.  That was a lot of fun.  Penny cooked like a crazy person all weekend long between that and K's 5th birthday.  She put me to work too, so don't think I got off scot free (or is it Scott?).  Had to look that up...

go scot-free and get off scot-free
to go unpunished; to be acquitted of a crime. (This scot is an old word meaning "tax" or "tax burden.") The thief went scot-free. Jane cheated on the test and got caught, but she got off scot-free.

There you go, you learned something today.  So let's see what else is going on.  We've both been working way too hard.  I'm getting perpetually frustrated at my job when I look up from my little part of the gov't and see how we're being managed (or not managed).  It's funny when you get the private sector people in a job in the gov't and they walk around thinking that so many of their lazy/inept co-workers would be fired in the private sector.  Kind of sad, really.

I shouldn't go on a diatribe about my employer, but it's tough not to sometimes.

Let's talk about something else...K went to the doctor yesterday for his 5-year checkup.  He is on all kinds of prescriptions now.  Allergy stuff in the morning, different stuff at night, and Amoxicillin because he has fluid behind his left ear drum.  When does he not have fluid behind his eardrum?  Maybe if that kid would stop picking his nose and putting everything in his mouth and he wouldn't get sick.  Just a thought.

AB is doing great at soccer, and K is as well.  We had a tourney a couple of weekends ago and some of the refs were commenting at what a stud AB is at playing keeper.  The last team we played were some beasts, and AB only let them score 1 goal in the half he played at keeper.  I think he scored in that game too.

K's soccer team is a calamity of errors, and it's a lot of fun to watch.  K plays pretty good, there are a couple of naturals on his team, which make everyone else look not quite as good though.  The games are usually 5 kids madly kicking at the ball with one kid off to the side spectating/staring off/not quite sure what to do.  Lots of fun!

That's it for now.  I'll have to post some pics up too.  I think we have some from here and there.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Here's a thought

I'm up super early for me; I had a really rough dream.  I thought about sharing it here, but then again I wouldn't mean as much if I put it down in words.  As I was up going about my morning business, I had an excellent moment of clarity and summarized the dream in a rather catchy phrase.

At some point in your life, you'd give away everything you have just to have what you have now.

Think about that for a moment, and then think about what you are going to do about it.  That's it for now.