Saturday, July 29, 2006

It's Official: I Hate I-95

I thought you'd like to know.

Haaaaaaaaate. HATE!

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Why doesn't TJ Maxx sell gajillions of cheap duffel bags anymore? One TJ Maxx had just two (very undesirable) duffel bags, and the other one had zero.

I'm going to have to find a new source for cheap duffels. I'm thinking Chinatown may be the answer.

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Running attire chafing = OWWWWWW

You probably don't want to know any details. Trust me on this one.

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Everyone is out of my sunblock of choice. The only acceptable substitute I could find costs twice as much for half the amount (stupid Neutrogena).

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Let's all watch some Oprah.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

It's Going to be a Scorcher!

It's going to be ninety degrees in Connecticut today. The weather man kept saying how So! Very! Hot! it was going to be, and in the scripted banter of the morning news, everyone kept saying things like, "WHEW!" and "Good day to stay indoors!"

Anybody in hotter climates want to throw things at their heads?

I thought so.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Awesome Vs. Not Awesome

Hey, remember that time we played Love vs. Not Love? (Well, some of us played. The rest of you were party poopers.) This is the same, but different! I'll go first.

Awesome: I ran 20 miles yesterday and 25 miles today, thus completing the hardest weekend combination of my Pikes Peak Marathon training.
Not Awesome: I have to do it again next weekend.

Awesome: I saw a lot of cute little nature-y things today, like a mama wild turkey and her two baby wild turkeys, trotting across the road.
Not Awesome: I also ran into two huge spider webs. Face first.

Awesome: For the first time ever in the history of my Pikes Peak training, I have reached the hardest portion without losing any toenails.
Not Awesome: I still have calloused-over blisters on the ends of some of my toes. (Pretty!)

Awesome: I'm going to Target (happiest place on earth) this afternoon.
Not Awesome: It's Alternate Universe Target, where you have to pay to park.

Your turn!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Moments of Pure Genius

Have you ever dropped a full gallon jug of milk on a terra cotta tile floor and had the bottom split right open? No? Me neither.

Ahem.

Also, have you ever nearly backed into the housekeeper's car while your boss's mother, who you just met, looked on? Also no? Me neither.

Especially I haven't done both of those things on the same day which happens to be today. And not prior to noon either.

I have, however gone to the city to meet some fantastic folks for dinner, taken a blurry photo of Pete's Tavern (famous for being the spot where O. Henry penned The Gift of the Magi) and neglected to mention the trip or post the photo until a full week later.

pete's tavern

What can I say? I've been busy.

Busy cleaning up a gallon of milk.

Is it Friday yet?

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Get Your Boston Souvenirs Right Here!

Yesterday I went to Boston, and all I brought you was this lousy photo set.

View as a slideshow if you're too lazy to be bothered with a lot of mouse clicks, or as individual shots if you'd like to see titles and captions. Or both if you really love me. It's up to you.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

I Guess I Wasn't the Only One Who Was Tired

she was just resting her eyes

Taken this morning at Stamford Station just before 4am.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

An Item to Add to the Wishlist

When I first lit the grill, it was merely sprinkling. The sky was flat and grey, and it didn't look like it would do much else.

Yeah, I was wrong about that. Right about the time I needed to turn the chicken, it began to pour. So I held the umbrella in one hand and used the other hand to wield the meat-flipping implement, and it was a little tricky opening the grill lid, but otherwise fine. Except that by the time I needed to go bring in the meat, it was not just pouring, it was a veritable deluge of water. And there I was, needing to hold the umbrella AND the meat-flipping implement AND the plate on which to place the meat.

I really could have used a third arm is all I'm sayin'.

(That or a George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Free Grilling Machine.)

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It turns out that when I don't sleep enough, my contacts are incredibly uncomfortable.

It also turns out that my eyes are more sensitive when they don't have discs of plastic adhered to their surface.

This proves to be a problem when grilling, particularly when my eyes are hit hard by the smoke and heat as I am leaning in, trying to keep everything under my umbrella.

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But, hey! I can grill! Brand new skill!

(I expect a few virtual high fives for that one.)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

I Got Nothin'

No, really. Noooooo. Thiiiiiiiiing.

All day long I think of clever things to write, and then I get here and all I have is:

Um, there was a really big storm today with hail and wind and stuff and then when it was all over, I went running and saw a tree that had taken out some power lines and somebody's XTerra. Smooshed to smithereens, it was. Impressive.

Also I took a picture of Frank when she fell asleep on the dog bed. I moved the big, rubber ball that was covering her face first, though, because A) it would make a better picture if her face was visible and B) I didn't want her to suffocate. It's kind of my job to make sure the kids stay alive.

I've been working a lot. Most days I put in twelve hours, but sometimes it's more. It doesn't leave much time for, well, anything. I work. I run. I try to reply to e-mails before I forget about them. I suppose I knew going into this that summer would be busy, but I had no practical sense of what that meant. Now I know. So my plan is this: I'm heading straight for autumn, and I'm not looking back...

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Rumor Has It That Someone Took the Train to NYC on Independence Day

I don't know who that might be.

riding the metro-north railroad

But she probably did NOT go shopping.

shopper, reflected

I also doubt that she carried much of what she bought from here

where i started

to here

this is where i ended up

before she tossed out the shoe boxes and put it all in the tote bag she'd bought at the very first store she visited.

Because that would be kind of stupid, don't you think?

Also she probably didn't buy an umbrella because she'd neglected to bring hers, yet was determined to get plenty of exercise by walking all the way back here

vanderbilt hall

to catch her train.

Because that also would have been kind of stupid.

And that girl? She looks pretty smart to me.