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August 14, 2014 at 6:45am

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Glad that’s over

I had to meet with an investigator for four hours last night regarding one of our our former priests. The anticipation of the meeting was anxiety-provoking and the interview was draining. I got home last night at 11:15 and up this morning at 5:30. I’m so very tired but my spirits are higher than they have been for days. I’ll take that trade-off!

August 9, 2014 at 7:17pm

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So here’s an annoying thing.  I was painting today. No that wasn’t the annoying part. What is annoying is I was on that ladder for so many hours that my left foot now has this weird swelling just below the ball of the foot that feels like my sock is bunched up and needs to be pulled flat. What the hell?  Hopefully icing will help tonight - I’ve never had anything quite like this.

So here’s an annoying thing. I was painting today. No that wasn’t the annoying part. What is annoying is I was on that ladder for so many hours that my left foot now has this weird swelling just below the ball of the foot that feels like my sock is bunched up and needs to be pulled flat. What the hell? Hopefully icing will help tonight - I’ve never had anything quite like this.

6:30pm

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I mentioned earlier that we are trying to live without a car as much as possible so we don’t have to replace our aging and unreliable car until next spring when some of our wedding bills are paid off.  So far it’s fine, but occasionally I forget that I made that commitment and tell someone, “oh sure, I’ll be happy to meet at your house in (a difficult to reach part of) St. Paul instead of downtown Minneapolis.”  Then I realize I have to figure out how to get there either on bike, bus or car sharing.
A couple of days ago, I decided to do it by bike and was so pleased I did.  There are new trails through the University of Minnesota and a bus and bike transit way between the Minneapolis campus of the U of M and the Fairgrounds in St. Paul that I had never known about and certainly never used.  The 17 mile round trip ride through rush hour was about 45 minutes each way and I think I had to come to a complete stop once in each direction.  As much of a biker as I am, this excursion made me realize how much about my own city I’m not aware of.  
As an aside, the ride home from St. Paul was especially easy and now that I look at the elevation guide, I can see why.  The meeting was held at the highest elevation on the grid and I basically rode downhill all the way to the Mississippi River then stayed relatively flat after that.  You think I would have noticed it was basically uphill all the way there.  Thankfully I was too worried about not missing any turns or trail connections to notice.

I mentioned earlier that we are trying to live without a car as much as possible so we don’t have to replace our aging and unreliable car until next spring when some of our wedding bills are paid off.  So far it’s fine, but occasionally I forget that I made that commitment and tell someone, “oh sure, I’ll be happy to meet at your house in (a difficult to reach part of) St. Paul instead of downtown Minneapolis.”  Then I realize I have to figure out how to get there either on bike, bus or car sharing.

A couple of days ago, I decided to do it by bike and was so pleased I did.  There are new trails through the University of Minnesota and a bus and bike transit way between the Minneapolis campus of the U of M and the Fairgrounds in St. Paul that I had never known about and certainly never used.  The 17 mile round trip ride through rush hour was about 45 minutes each way and I think I had to come to a complete stop once in each direction.  As much of a biker as I am, this excursion made me realize how much about my own city I’m not aware of.  

As an aside, the ride home from St. Paul was especially easy and now that I look at the elevation guide, I can see why.  The meeting was held at the highest elevation on the grid and I basically rode downhill all the way to the Mississippi River then stayed relatively flat after that.  You think I would have noticed it was basically uphill all the way there.  Thankfully I was too worried about not missing any turns or trail connections to notice.

August 6, 2014 at 8:52am

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At Work But Don’t Want To

So instead I’ll write a quick post to forestall the inevitable.  Some randomness right here:

- Joe and I are trying to reduce our dependence on our vehicle. We currently have just one and it’s getting old and unreliable.  Neither of us wants to take on a car payment until some of our other bills are paid down.  Instead we’re experimenting with using other options available to us:  car sharing (Car2Go), biking (mainly me), walking (mainly Joe) and public transit (me for sure, but maybe Joe too).  Luckily most places we go and things we do are all within about 4 miles of home.  What has become clear, though, is that planning is key.  This is all very freeing and constricting all at the same time.

- I’m focused on taking off the ten pounds I gained since the winter.  In addition to the help from the biking I mentioned above, I’ve been religious about getting to the gym since I returned from Madeline Island.  I’m in no rush to lose it, but just want sustainable progress.

- Last night was National Night Out.  We went at about 8:30, which for our block, is when things really get going.  Stayed out talking with the neighbors until after 10:00.  Gorgeous night, wonderful neighbors, great time. 

Time to give work a little of my time.  Have a great day!

August 2, 2014 at 12:19pm

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Last week Joe and I took several jars of coins to Wells Fargo to run through their automatic coin counter machine they have in the lobby. I felt a little self conscious because dumping all the coins was really, really loud. Plus the machine would stop counting for a second every so often. It took me a minute to realize that mixed in among the coins were other non-coin items like a key, a shiny piece of rock, a crystal (a crystal!?), several Canadian coins and a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority token. Since we have been to Boston only once and didn’t use public transit, I assume it was given as change and we just didn’t notice. 

Anyway, $87 in coins found their way into our account which will maybe pay the interest on the credit card that financed our wedding. Yay?

Last week Joe and I took several jars of coins to Wells Fargo to run through their automatic coin counter machine they have in the lobby. I felt a little self conscious because dumping all the coins was really, really loud. Plus the machine would stop counting for a second every so often. It took me a minute to realize that mixed in among the coins were other non-coin items like a key, a shiny piece of rock, a crystal (a crystal!?), several Canadian coins and a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority token. Since we have been to Boston only once and didn’t use public transit, I assume it was given as change and we just didn’t notice.

Anyway, $87 in coins found their way into our account which will maybe pay the interest on the credit card that financed our wedding. Yay?

July 31, 2014 at 9:48pm

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The weather has been incredibly gorgeous this week - so nice that I just couldn’t stand to go into the basement of the gym for a spin class tonight even with the best instructor I know. So I headed out on my bike expecting to go to Minnehaha Falls then down into the River gorge into Ft. Snelling State Park. Instead my curiosity was piqued by another trail I had never noticed before, so I decided to follow it.

I was rewarded by being dropped right into the middle of a practically abandoned 19th century army post (Upper Post of Ft. Snelling). I kinda sorta knew it was there - I drive by it on the way to the airport - but never seriously paid any attention. There are dozens of these old buildings all being preserved - “stabilized” - until a viable use for them can be found. And except for the very occasional car, I was the only person there. It was surreal. And wonderful. I want to drag Joe there to see it but he doesn’t ride bikes so I’ll have to figure out how to drive there. I kind of hope I can’t figure it out - getting there by bike was sort of magical.

Note: these pictures are from Google images - I never remember until too late that I can actually take photos myself.

July 28, 2014 at 8:27am

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After a 21 year engagement, Joe and I were married on Saturday. The pictures of the wedding are surfacing and no doubt I will post more soon. It was easily one of the best days of my life. I cannot express how humbling it was to turn around after receiving the blessing from our priest and see a church full of friends and family who have supported us all these years. Absolutely overwhelming.

It was an especially great pleasure having Heather (iwillrunforfood), Nick and Little Mister in attendance. People like them are the reason that we have marriage equity in Minnesota. Thank you guys for being part of our day!

Apparently July 26 was a big wedding day. Mrstrivialbob’s cousin was married, as was the pastor of one of Joe’s colleagues.

July 24, 2014 at 10:22am

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Haven’t been around much on Tumblr the past few days because this is happening on Saturday.

Haven’t been around much on Tumblr the past few days because this is happening on Saturday.

July 21, 2014 at 4:25pm

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Sometimes I’m not so bright. Because today is actually pretty darned hot (for Minnesota anyway - those of you from the South, go right ahead and mock. We did the same thing to the rest of the country last winter) I decided not to run outside since I really am not acclimated to the heat. I think that was actually wise of me.

What wasn’t was my decision to have something “light” at Noodles and Co. before my run on the treadmill at the gym. So I had their chicken Caesar salad (their picture, not mine), then I ran. And it was actually a pretty strong run too! However, now this salad is trying to come up for a visit and has left me feeling like I have a huge piece of prime rib stuck in my throat. Blarrgh.

July 19, 2014 at 11:03am

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Those ten pounds I put on over the summer will not just lose themselves so this morning I ran to my neighborhood lake (Lake Nokomis). There were a lot of folks gathering for a race, which is not unusual. During the summer there is a race almost every weekend involving the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis.

This one though. A little different. The Bacon Chase. A 5k and a .05k (yeah .05k =164 feet). There is unlimited bacon available and participants get a bacon Bloody Mary after they run. Apparently, as participants run, spectators throw bacon at the runners. And the aroma of bacon was intoxicating. People were positively giddy.