I entered the Danskin tonight. Now it is time to get serious about training for it. I am feeling ok about the swin and run portion of it, but the bike has me a little apprehensive. I understand there are alot of hills and there is one place that is notorious for accidents. Maybe, I can make it to Austin for a quick ride of it before race day. There is just too many things going on. OH well! In case I don't make it, it was nice knowing everyone!
I have been wanting to attend an event at the Mort Meyerson Symphony Hall ever since its completion. Yesterday, I finally made it. I could not have chosen a better event. Courtney's high school band was performing there. Courtney even had a couple of trumpet solos. She sounded wonderful and so did her band mates.
I love what Stepan has done with the karlhub.com links page. It makes me want to make a new entry often so that the new entry highlight will appear for me.
I just got back from Austin. This is where I spent Easter weekend. I arrived at Jennifer and Stepan's house at about 11am on Saturday. I played a little April Fools joke on them. I called from outside their house and told them I was on the side of the road in Georgetown with a flat tire. Stepan answered the phone and said he would rush to my aid...yeah right! So, I got out of my car and waited...and waited...and waited. I really had to go pee, so I finally opened the front door to find, Stepan sitting in his Archie Bunker style easy chair reading the newspaper. I was a bit miffed as I yelled April Fool. It would have been so much better if I could have told them this as they were rushing out to their car to my aid. They were pretty happy about not having to drive to Georgetown. We were all very hungry so we rushed off to Cafe Java for a bite of lunch.
After lunch we went to Border's. Stepan wanted to buy a Ben & Jerry's ice cream recipe book. We also visited a store called Originals. They had a lot of very pretty, but very pricey gift items.
Whole Foods Market
We went to WFM to buy the ingredients for the ice cream that Step was going to make for our Easter Sunday picnic. While we were there we saw the loveliest family. The oldest of the five children was a boy aged 6. The whole family was very sweet.
After the Border's and WFM trip, we took Step back home and Jen and I went to the mall. Jen had to get her contact lenses checked so she could obtain a prescription for more. We shopped for a bit and then went home.
I had never watched this show. Jen, Step and I watched two complete episodes. It was very impressive what these people were able to do with very ugly beginnings and a $1000 budget. The shows we watched were Trading Spaces goes Hollywood. Andy Dick got a new kitchen and his neighbor got a new study.
Walk to Mass
Jen talked us into walking to church on Sunday morning. Originally, we were going to go to 8AM Mass. Stepan was making bread and that put it right in the middle of some of the preparations for the bread so we delayed Mass to 11:30. Jen checked mapquest and found the walk was going to be .62miles. In a car it would have taken 1 minute. On foot it took us about 15 minutes. It was a beautiful day and a nice walk.
Picnic in the Park
After Mass, we hurried around loading up the ice cream and loaves of bread and after Elizabeth and Jonathan got there we walked across the street to the park and Easter Sunday picnic with a whole bunch of dog-walking friends of J & S. Stepan made the best chocolate ice cream ever. Everyone at the picnic said so.
Long Drive Home
The drive home was soooooooo long. I think just about everyone in Austin that was traveling north to the metroplex, chose the exact moment to begin their journey as I did. It was not too bad til we got to Waco. From there to the Fort Worth cut-off to I35W it was bumper to bumper 10-15 MPH driving. I should have been home by 9 and did not get home til 10. I was listening to a pretty interesting book on tape...So, the time didn't not seem so bad.
I know this is a very abridged version of my weekend. The participants mentioned in this entry are more than welcome to add to this story via the comments option. I am tired and I have to work tomorrow.
Carter Blood Center called for me to come and part with some of my life's liquid. So I said, "ok." When my stats were taken my heart rate was 52 bpm, and my blood pressure was 104/62. There was another figure noted, which may have to do with iron and it read 13.4. In a few days I can log onto the carter website and obtain my cholesterol data. I got a free t-shirt for my effort, oh yeah and a package of oreo cookies and bottled water.
I am at mother's house right now. My body is currently processing the fried egg sandwich that I ingested about 45 minutes ago. I also had two cream puffs that mother bought at Sam's. Talk about decadent--one serving is 6 cream puffs and contains 305 calories and almost 26 grams of fat. They are very tasty.
I am flying solo tomorrow. Yes, J and I are separating for our last day of work this week. I am driving to Vernon, Texas to pick up a job folder that we left there after we completed the required work. It is necessary to get the central office manager to sign it off. You know, it is the old "the job is not finished til the paperwork is done" routine. So, I am departing the metroplex at 7AM, driving to Vernon, retreaving the job folder, driving to Wichita Falls for the final signature meeting with the central office manager. I will mail the job folder back to Vernon and depart WF for Arlington when all is completed. I hope I get to eat lunch at mother's house while I am there...I just spoke with mom and it is a go for lunch. Looks like we will be having fried egg sandwiches---hmm, hmm, yummy. J is going to Pittsburg Texas to tie up some loose ends there. Pittsburg is the home of Bo Pilgrim and the very first airplane to achieve flight. It was about a year before the Wright Brothers flight. The Ezekiel is very proudly displayed in a museum in downtown Pittsburg. Actually it is a replica since the original was destroyed in an accident while it was being transported to the worlds fair.
On Friday, Joanna and I picked up our packets for the Victory Over Violence walk that we were scheduled to do on Saturday. Our packets included some interesting products. The most interesting to me was a product called Lip Plumping Lotion. I have not used it yet, but I plan to do so soon. So, if you see me and my lips are looking delightfully plump, please say so. On Saturday we arrived at Trinity Park at around 8am. Joanna was meeting some other girls and when they arrived we got in line at the starting point. Joanna and I were together for about the first 3/4 mile. I told her to go ahead and walked/ran the rest of the course. I finished about 7 minutes after Joanna. My time, according to my heart rate monitor was 39 minutes 30 seconds. After the run we made the rounds at the different food booths. We were both so hungry. One of the choices was potato sour from a restaurant called Charlestons. It was yummy. There was also some oriental food, which was good, but it had beans in it and I hate beans. I did a very good job of eating around them. It is an art.
I just ordered 3 season tickets to the Casa Manana Summer Musicals at Bass Hall. A friend of mine, Dianna Haley and her roommate are going to be attending. In the 80's Kathleen, Meredith and I bought tickets to Fair Park Summer Musicals. There were 6 of them. I was very musicalled out by the end of that season. This series has only 4 events: The Music Man, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sound of Music and Mama Mia. I have never seen any these shows. I saw the film of Jesus Christ Superstar and I know all the words to all the songs as well. I will be sure and take some duct tape with me during that performance to keep me from singing along.
I normally do not read the editorials of the newspaper. For the most part I do not agree with the rantings and ravings of other people and choose not to subject myself to them. I was reeled into this one because I thought it was going to be about politics. Instead it was about people who drive in the left lane at the speed limit or slower. I am a firm believer that the left lane be used for passing only. As soon as you have accomplished your pass, move back to the right, damn-it! There are a few among us that feel it is their duty as Americans to impede the progress of those of us who like to heavy foot the gas pedal. On the other hand, there was the letter from David N. Walker of Fort Worth that felt that the speed limit "is an arbitrary figure and the prevailing flow of traffic is the rate of speed at which the general public feels it is safe to drive." He also compares speed limits to prohibition; "stating that it proved years ago that a law that the public does not back is a bad law." I cannot help but wonder if this argument has gotten him out of a speeding ticket when he was stopped. I may try it if I ever get stopped again. In all of this what struck me as funny is the following poem that ended the article and was submitted by Robert O. Frederick of Fort Worth:
This is a story of Johnny O'Day
Who died maintaining his right of way
He was right, dead right, as he drove along
But he's just as dead as if he were wrong.
I may be premature in my elation. I have tried to post the previous and nothing has appeared on my page. Time will tell. I will keep trying to keep you posted.
I was so excited to see that my issues were resolved by blogger.com and I could add stuff to my blog; that I immediately logged in so that I could creat a new entry. I was so eloquent in my elation. I clicked post & publish and got an error message. It all disappeared. I tried and tried to get it back with no success. It is funny how elation can turn to disgust so quickly. However, I am back. I can post to my blog again, and inspite of it's glitches I am very pleased about it.
You can view pictures of the Capitol 10K by double-clicking here.
It seems that blogger is not working the way it should. I have been waiting to see my post from 040103 appear on my page and as of today, it has not. I feel as if I am writing this in vain.
Revenge is Mine
I got Fidel back today! We were in the breakroom today and he was watching TV. I had just poured myself a coke. I took my straw, ripped the end off the way Jennifer taught me, put the unpapered end in my mouth and blew. The paper flew off my straw as if it had been launched by a rocket-launcher and hit its target smack dab in the mouth. I was as shocked as Fidel was when it hit. He told me he had to get back for this and I told him uh-uh! I was getting back at him for telling on me for the April fools gag we played. Lucky for him, he agreed.
We are having our afternoon break and I found a way to get to the internet from the school's computers. So, instead of joining the class for ice cream, I am in here posting to the blog. I hope this does not make me a nerd.
I was channel surfing last night and one of the characters in this show was talking about her blog. Amy, the star, said she just did not get it. One of the other actors in the scene said that blogging is the true exercisement of the freedom of press. Well, Amy still didn't get it. Then a guy in which Amy's character was romantically interested came and complimented the blogger on her "great blog".
I was sort of bummed that I was in school on April 1. It is difficult to play jokes on people you really do not know. One of the guys from my crew is attending the class with me. We came up with a gag. We paged all our co-workers with our bosses numbers. After we had done this I said that we need to call as well, or we may be suspected of this prank. So, Fidel (the co-worker) calls Doug to see what he wanted (he he). Seconds later he is saying April Fools and that it was all my idea! We had discussed telling him in a couple of hours. Next year the only person I am going to fool will be Fidel!!!!