What a great weekend! By bulletpoint:
- took Athena to the airport dog park (thanks trivialbob for the non-muddy access tip). She had a LOT of energy and insinuated herself into ball-retrieval games by outrunning the dogs who actually owned the balls and stealing them. So embarrassing.
- a most excellent four mile run on Saturday
- saw “The Grand Budapest Hotel” with a friend. I loved it. It’s a quirky, funny and kind of endearing movie. Tilda Swinton’s transformation for her cameo may be the most remarkable thing I’ve ever seen.
- e-filed our taxes … finally. It’s bad enough we waited so long, but we’re even getting refunds from the Feds and State. Hope they enjoyed the extra long use of our money.
Finally, and this isn’t so much a bulletpoint as a shout out: that little car in front of our house is a car sharing vehicle and I’ve fallen in love with it. Find one of their hundreds of cars in the city of Minneapolis using an app on a smartphone, 38 cents a minute. Drive where you need to go, park it anywhere and forget it. Gas mileage makes a Prius seem like a Ford Expedition. We will never need to buy a second car. I am in love.
I now officially worship at the altar of Body Glide.
On Monday, I took my first long outdoor bike ride of the season - about 30 miles. It was a great ride doing part of the Grand Rounds in Minneapolis and the Midtown Greenway. However, it’s been several months since I’ve subjected my nether regions to the rigors of biking outdoors and the chafing was unreal.
On Wednesday, I took spin and could barely sit down the entire class and since I was scheduled for another spin class today, I had to do something. Then I remembered my Body Glide. I’m sure applying it made me look like I was all up in my own business, but sweet lord of mercy did it ever work. It’s people like the inventors of things like this who should have a category in the Nobel Prize.
Like everyone else in the Twin Cities today, I was walking around in a euphoric fog. The temperature finally hit 70 this afternoon - the first time since October 11. Six months almost to the day. I walked around our yard snapping a few pictures of the remaining scraggly snow piles. In the first picture the snow was half way up the garage window at its height. In the second, that was a snow mound our neighbor Jim dubbed “the ski hill” which stood over 6 feet high. It’s now reduced to practically nothing. By the way, all the pots were there throughout the winter, buried under the ski hill. We’re so good about cleaning up our yard in the autumn.
But the picture I like the best is the third one. Those are real live green shoots poking up- not some freeze dried shit you might find in other parts of our yard.
The brutal winter makes the spring feel so damned good.
Running in Mexico > the Treadmill
File this one under “Obvious”. I surprised myself by how much I ran while in Mazatlan - and that I actually enjoyed it since running and I, while very much acquainted, haven’t enjoyed each other’s company much recently.
Today I had planned to go to spin at noon, but there was a distinct lack of synchronicity to the day and I ended up bagging on it. But I had to do something, so I went with Joe to the gym tonight and ended up running on the treadmill. It is sooo much harder psychologically to run 35 minutes on it than 35 minutes in 70 degree weather through a park. I know - the “Obvious” file is getting full.
In other news, it’s supposed to be 72 tomorrow. I’m biking to work and will bike downtown to do a spin class at noon then I may have to play a little hookey. I’m pretty sure the first 70 degree day of the year is a holiday in Minnesota.
Back to Reality
We arrived back in Minneapolis Sunday morning shortly after midnight. Sunday itself was glorious with weather warm enough to wear shorts and enough sunshine to make the transition from the tropics to the northern plains almost tolerable.
But today. Ugh today. I slept until the alarm went off at 6:00. I am always up before the alarm. It’s that two hour time difference. And, oh, the fact that I woke up not to sit and drink coffee and lounge by the pool, but to go to work.
BUT. I am riding my bike to work for the first time this year and that makes this a very good day.
This picture may or may not have been our reaction when we heard about the predicted 6-10” of snow in Minneapolis. It’s been 85 and sunny everyday since we arrived. I’ve more than managed to run each day - I’ve WANTED to run! And swim. And drink beer in the hot tub at sunset. And go to sleep and wake up to the sound of the ocean. I could get used to this….
Sunrise from our condo balcony in Mazatlan. This is better than waking up yesterday with 30 mph winds and blowing snow on our way to MSP.
Joe and I fly to Mazatlan tomorrow to begin the away part of our vacation. I always forget how many tasks there are to get ready to go. So, as a memory aid for me, and because I just feel like posting pictures, the following are the tasks!
Even though I am on vacation, I STILL had to go in to the office for a half day to make sure my co-workers have everything they need and don’t have to bother me in Mexico. NOTE: I usually don’t drink wine at work — openly anyway ;) — but Joe took the first picture our office warming party a few weeks ago to celebrate the completion of the buildout of my new office.
Joe picked me up at work and we went to Lowry’s for lunch. I always get a kick out of the sign that leads to the restrooms.
Then off to Wells Fargo to purchase pesos. I was surprised when I counted the money. The lower denominations are plastic. That’s either a really good idea or a really bad one.
The hardest part of the day was taking Athena to where we board her. I know they’ll treat her well and she’s all kinds of social so she’ll have a great time, but a little part of me dies each time. I’m so gobsmacked by that dog.
Finally, we’ve been in the midst of a bathroom remodel at our house. The contractors finished the subway tile last week and put on the final coat of paint today and with everything but the towel racks installed, this room is finally done. Somewhere I have a picture of the bathroom before the remodel and I’ll post it when I do. It’s quite an improvement!
I Guess I Needed a Break
It has been well over a month since I last posted. I certainly didn’t mean to be gone so long, but there was a trip to Colorado, then some intense work stuff, then some intense family stuff and some intense friendship stuff - all of which to some degree or other was life changing for the people involved and I guess I just didn’t have the words….or the time…. to blog about it. Weirdly, I felt like I should have been blogging and when I realized it felt like a “should be” instead of a “want to” I, of course, slapped sense into myself and ergo the hiatus.
Things are smoothing out however and I am now on vacation. I’ve been itching to see how all you tumblr folk have been doing — it’ll be good to get caught up!
February 21, 2014 at 1:22pm
Bummed in the State of Hockey
I was pulling for Team USA, but Canada was clearly stronger and deserved the win, so congrats Canada and good luck in the gold medal round!