Archive for August, 2009

Sunday adventures
August 30, 2009

I’ve been thinking a lot about feelings lately.  But today I particularly thought about that feel-good feeling you get after running 8 miles.  (Yes, an hour and twenty minutes of misery to get 10 minutes of endorphins).  And how good the long shower after running 8 miles feels.  I started my Sunday very early with an 8 mile run.  Just seven more weeks until the big race, and four weeks until the 15k.

After a few errands and house chores, I prepared some dinner with some of the bounty from my CSA.  Ratatouille, garlic mashed potatoes, and salad with a glass of wine.  Yum!

dinner

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Cut potatoes into small cubes.
Boil water with salt.
Add potatoes and boil for 20-25 min. until tender.
Drain potatoes, add minced garlic, and mash.
(Alternatively, you can boil whole garlic cloves with the potatoes and mash.)
Add butter/margarine and milk.
Mash until desired consistency, adding butter to taste and milk to desired creaminess.

Ratatouille
Cut up eggplant, yellow squash, patty pan squash, zucchini.
Heat olive oil and garlic in large pan.
Add eggplant and squash.  Cook until veggies start to soften and release water, but not fully cooked.
Cut up a couple small tomatoes and red bell pepper, and add to pan.
Add some white wine.
Continue to cook covered until wine cooks down some and veggies reach desired level.

Back Up
August 25, 2009

Sally’s back from a brief hiatus, where the blog was set in privacy mode.  I had a minor issue in my virtual world that required a temporary lock down.  Sorry for the delay, we now resume your regular programming.

In other news, we’ve had the most wonderful weather the past few days.  It’s hard to believe that it’s still August.  It truly feels like fall.  Even my walnut tree is telling me fall is on its way…dropping loud  walnuts on the roof from about 20-30 feet.  I always forget just how much I love fall, more so than any other season, until it rolls around briefly each year.  Too bad in this part of the country (or even this part of the state) we really only get two full seasons: Hot Summer and Bitter Winter.  For now, I’ll enjoy running in the cool weather, even if we do get a hot Indian Summer snap next week!

And it’s a sad week.  Barbie has started her trek back up to the great white north to go back to school.  I’m so sad to see her go. But I know in less than two months I will see her when I go up for the big race!  I’m going a few days early and staying a few days later so I can spend some quality time with her!  I can’t wait.  She’s my rock in the murky waters that is life right now.  And she’s pretty darn funny too!  I wish her a safe trip home!

Stay tuned…Sally has some really big news to announce soon!

Cool Runnings
August 10, 2009

In the South.  In August.  Not so much.  There is nothing “cool” about the South in August.  It’s downright tropical, where the humidity levels and temperature are often approximately the same number.  Yet, I still get up (early) in the morning and go running.  I  know that the most miserable of the weather usually only lasts about a month and I’m about a week into it.  However, I’m running some of my longest runs in this weather.  Fortunately, the weather eventually gets cooler, and will be close to 40 degrees cooler on race day, several hundred miles north of here.

So, after returning from this morning’s run (literally dripping wet), I learned some interesting news about the race.  Apparently the last bit of the race will be running through a movie set, the race organizers announced this morning.  I doubt we will be actually “part” of the movie, but I guess I should check out the original movie just so I’m informed.

eyes & ears
August 8, 2009

What I’m currently watching…

What About Brian
Not only is this show entertaining, but Sally made a self-discovery.  It’s kind of a thirtysomething for Generation X.  The title character is a single, early thirtysomething guy who’s the seventh wheel among his coupled friends, who’s accused of being a serial monogamist and hopeless romantic.  While some of his characteristics and actions do not match me, I have realized that I’m the Brian in my friends.  I even offered the first DVD to Barbie for confirmation, and she didn’t disagree.  What I love most about the show is that you don’t always love all the characters, they are all flawed just like real people.  Unfortunately, I seem to always manage to find a great tv show after it has been cancelled.

Dino news
August 2, 2009

I recently made a wonderful new discovery.  I went to a party on a Saturday a couple weeks ago and found out my new friend knows Uno Dino!!  The next day, I went to a cookout with my friend and I met Uno Dino’s brother!!  We exchanged information and he has the link to my blog.  That was a very exciting weekend!

Uno Dino’s brother told me about a new dino near his house.

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Recently, I went for a long run at one of my favorite greenways, that’s several miles (and another county) away.  In fact, it’s a good 20 minute drive from my house.  Well outside the usual dino territory!  But upon a little drive into the suburbia neighborhood next to the greenway, I found this….

stop

And a friend sent me a message that they found a major dino in nearby neighborhood.  Unfortunately, I took a week or two before going to check it out, and turns out the subdivision had already painted over it.  You can see the paint job just below the subdivision name.

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I still can’t believe I know people who know Uno Dino, and that I even met his brother!  Don’t worry, I won’t stop my urban dinosaur hunting!