24 July 2010
1) Girls talk way more than boys. Seriously, I know what I am talking about. I have three girls. Like their mom, I sometimes think they just talk to hear themselves talk. Please don't be offended ladies. I love my wife, and my girls. They are already excellent at bossing each other around, the boys, and anyone else with ears.
2) My wife has this amazing knack of calling me at work to ask me questions regarding work around the house. This usually requires the purchasing of some large ticket object. She finds this especially convenient while my mind is preoccupied with grading papers, or I am with a student in my office. She'll ask something along the lines like "What are we going to do about those trees that need to come down? I got two estimates yesterday, they can cut them and grind the stumps for twelve hundred dollars. Should I go ahead with that. As I am totally blindsided and unprepared for this—and only half paying attention—I say "Yeah, sure... go ahead. Whatever needs to be done." Then I get home and we have a new piece of bedroom furniture or something. "Don't you remember us talking about this... I called you. I asked you about the tree, and you said... '...whatever needs to be done.' "
3) My friend Kelly can not help but notice that I do not have one picture on my blog with me wearing a shirt. Apparently, I am completely incapable of wearing one. Wait, I DO wear a shirt—a tri top—in several pictures. What is Kelly talking about? I'm a big guy. I sweat a lot. When I go out for a run and it is bazillion percent humidity, I do not want to wear a shirt.
4) When training for Ironman (which is by far the sickest thing I have ever done in my life) I can eat anything and still take off weight. I woke up this morning and had two bagels with lox, and a banana. Today, for lunch, I ate a pound of pasta with pesto. Here is my daily eating routine:
Breakfast at 7:30
Snack at 10:00
Lunch at 11:00
Snack at 12:30
Lunch #2 around 1:30 (depending on if I have a afternoon workout scheduled this could be earlier or later)
Dinner at 6
Graze on fruit, vegetables, cookies, cereal, leftovers from dinner during the week from 7:30 until bedtime
5) It is important to swim consistently while training for Ironman. Failure to do so could result in catastrophic results, if not drowning. What could be more catastrophic than drowning? Missing the swim cutoff completely. That would spoil my day.
What are your seemingly benign observations this week?