Despite my best intentions, whenever I go away on a trip, I never seem to post to tumblr the way I intend. So, you get a summary! I already posted from Sioux City, Iowa, so things are the things I saw in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming:
NEBRASKA: I took backroads to Grand Island then joined up with I-80. I love backroads! The scenery was gorgeous - rolling hills, woods, farms. At one point I drove past a town called Pilger which for some reason seemed familiar. Then, looking at it, I realized why. There were streets and a sign and…. nothing else but some buildings under construction. Then I realized I knew the name because it had been wiped out by a tornado earlier in the summer. Very sobering.
COLORADO: The first picture is where I-76 enters Colorado from Nebraska, near the town of Julesburg. One of my best friends is named Julie. I call her Julesburg because of this town. Yes, this is random, but this part of Colorado is pretty desolate and it’s all I could come up with under pressure.
WYOMING: The house in this picture was built in 1885 and was, I believe, one of he first houses built at Ft. Russell (now F.E. Warren AFB) in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Joe’s brother is stationed there so we visited him and his family. They live on base in a house much like this one. I would LOVE to have a house like this, though not badly enough to join the Air Force to do it. This part of Wyoming is pretty desolate and windswept, but also kind of majestic in its emptiness.
One vignette about our Cheyenne trip. We all went to a bar and grill in the middle of nowhere called The Bunkhouse. Pretty good food, lots of locals and a pretty good C&W band. Many folks danced a pretty mean two-step and did some swing dancing. One couple in particular were really good. Our little three-year old spitfire of a niece loves to dance so she an Joe hit the dance floor. During a break, this really good dancer came up to her and asked if she wanted to dance. She looked sadly at him and said “But I’m with my family.” I kind of felt like she may have resented her family’s presence at that moment.
I drove to Sioux City, Iowa yesterday on my way to Denver and then Cheyenne. Just waiting for my oatmeal and fruit for breakfast while the sun comes up. Gotta fuel up for the long drive through Nebraska!
Please let these political
cartoons commercials stop. I promise I will research the candidates. I promise I will make an informed choice. But please, dear Lord, make these dumbed down excuses for democracy end. And, oh, if I ever let one of these asinine commercials sway my vote, strike me dead on the spot. Seriously. On. The. Spot. Thanks and amen.
It was all work and no play until 5:00 today. Play commenced with Heather’s ( iwillrunforfood )’s 40th birthday party. It was great to see her, Nick and LM, and especially nice to catch up with trivialbob , mrstrivialbob and buildingothersup.
The playing continued at Joe’s 30 year class reunion at Nye’s Polonnaise Room. It’s possible he had had a few martinis by the time I took this picture. Full disclosure: it’s currently midnight. I have returned home…he’s still there. I can just imagine the stories I’ll hear in the morning!
I had a mega-fundraiser for work this past Sunday. It’s an annual affair but oh jeez, what a huge amount of work. It’s held two days before the end of our fiscal year, so there’s enormous pressure to hit our fundraising goals to end up balanced or in the black. We did and it was awesome, but holy crap, it took a lot out of me. So I’ve taken a few days off the grid - around, but not online - which is good for me.
But with the Twin Cities Marathon coming this weekend, several of you are coming to town and/or running so I just wanted to check in. Good luck to all of you! And our weather will be delightful. Threat of snow tomorrow, with a nice warming trend to the low 40’s on Sunday at race time. I know one Canadian in particular who is very happy about this!
Just Some Random Things
For the second week in a row, I have stayed on the wagon and seem to be well away from any place where I might fall off. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday did kickass spin classes. Tuesday was my birthday exemption, yesterday I ran with the dog and walked another 5-6 miles through hideous 80 degree heat**, and today I ran 4 miles. Between pretty decent eating and the exercise, it has paid off - I’m down three pounds to 188.1. Only 13 more to go.
**Actually, not really kidding. I’ve gotten quite used to cooler temps. Yesterday made me grumpy.
Second random thing: Some before and after pictures of my haircut today. It always feels like I have so much less hair, but the pictures don’t seem that different. I wonder why?
Third random thing: The other day as I drove back from the store, I thought my car’s electrical system had gone haywire. It took me a second to realize it was fine:
Finally, I just love flowers and plants that thrive in the autumn. These just get more brilliant the more crisp the temperatures:
Up tonight: grilling, beer/wine, a movie and maybe walking to Pumphouse creamery for an ice cream cone with Joe. Mmmmm. Ice cream.
I didn’t run today as scheduled, but I firmly believe in the birthday exclusion for things like this and therefore there is no price to pay for missing.
Today, birthday or not, was just craptastic. Joe was going to take me out to a really nice dinner but I asked for a rain check on that until a day when I would appreciate that kind of meal more. Instead we just went to the Low Brow, a neighborhood bar near our house. It was just what I needed: hamburger, chips and guacamole and a glass of wine. The place was packed with neighborhood folks, kind of boisterous without being obnoxious and full of good cheer. After a day like today I really needed that.
I love the poster of Minneapolis the bar has in its men’s restroom. For being a physically small American city (maybe 63 square miles) there are a gazillion neighborhoods and I’ve always loved how the creator of this poster fits them all into their proper position and shape. My apologies to the little kid who was holding his crotch outside the restroom door while I took and retook this picture. Hey kid! It’s my birthday so just chill.
Not to jinx it, but I think I’m back in the groove
It started with a four mile run last Monday, followed by a spin class led by a kid on Tuesday, a spin class led by someone much more experienced on Wednesday, yet another spin class with another experienced instructor who also plays awesome music and is easy on the eyes on Thursday, a 10 mile walk and then a run with the dog on Friday and finally another four mile run on Saturday to complement my Monday run. Six days in a row for the first time since I don’t know when. I did spin today with a run planned tomorrow. I’m looking forward to keeping this groove going.
On a completely unrelated note, I biked to the pet store to buy some peanut butter filling for Athena’s Kong toy. On the way back, some young guy was biking toward me, hands no where near the handle bars while texting. He was so engrossed in his text that he didn’t see this squirrel run across the street and right underneath his tires. The guy never even looked up.
September 19, 2014 at 2:09pm
YES OR NO
A. You can ONLY answer Yes or No.
B. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages you and asks — and believe me, the temptation to explain some of these will be overwhelming. Nothing is exactly as it seems. Now, here’s what you’re supposed to do… Copy and repost, delete my answers, then type in your answers.
Been arrested? No
Kissed someone you didn’t like? Yes
Slept in until 5 PM? No
Ran a red light? Yes
Been suspended from school? No
Experienced love at first sight? No
Totalled your car in an accident? No
Been fired from a job? No
Fired somebody? Yes
Sang karaoke? Yes
Pointed a gun at someone? No
Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? Yes
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Yes
Kissed in the rain? Yes
Had a close brush with death? Yes
Seen someone die? Yes
Played spin-the-bottle? Yes
Smoked a cigar? No
Sat on a rooftop? Yes
Smuggled something into another country? No
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes? No
Broken a bone? Yes
Skipped school? Yes
Eaten a bug? Yes
Walked on a moonlit beach? Yes
Rode [on] a motorcycle? Yes
Dumped someone? Yes
Lied to avoid a ticket? No
Ridden in a helicopter? No
Shaved your head? No
Made your boyfriend/girlfriend cry? Yes
Eaten snake? No
Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? No
Puked on amusement ride? Yes
Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? Yes
Been in a band? No
Been on TV? Yes
Shot a gun? Yes
Gave someone stitches? No
Ridden a surfboard? No
Drank straight from a liquor bottle? Yes
Had surgery? Yes
Taken by ambulance to hospital? No
Peed behind a bush? Yes
Donated Blood? Yes
Grabbed an electric fence? No
Eaten alligator meat? Yes
Killed an animal when not hunting? No
Peed your pants in public? Yes
Snuck into a movie without paying? No
Written graffiti? No
Still loved someone you shouldn’t? Yes
Been in handcuffs? No
Believe in love? Yes
Sleep on a certain side of the bed? Yes
Throw Back Thursday
I haven’t done TBT in a long time and with my track record probably won’t again for awhile, but this has been on my mind for several days. Joe and I went to Iceland in 2008. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat. We went all over the island (kinda sorta interesting aside: Icelanders spell Iceland “Island” and pronounce it “Iceland”. Yeah.) Anyway, this picture was taken at one of the dozens of waterfalls dotting the landscape there. It’s so raw and rugged and relatively unspoiled. The people are amazing — educated, literate, aware and speak English better than we do. I have never felt so at home somewhere that wasn’t already home.
I keep telling Joe to find a job teaching in Reykjavik for a year. I think maybe I’m pining for a change of scenery.