Friday, February 9, 2018

Snow Days are great except when they are not

It started snowing last night just as we got home from work and continued through the night and the better part of the day.  As far as snow storms, the one that just occurred in Chicagoland isn't even in the top 10.  However, it did suck just the same because....

A lot of businesses closed included our daycare so we had to keep our kids home.  This would have been okay since Friday is my normal WFH day and NG got to WFH as well because of the conditions.  However, she still has to take pages and give consultations over the phone while also writing notes.

On top of that, at work we are having what's known as a Major Outtage.  This involves everyone getting on a phone bridge and not being able to leave their computer until things are settled.

On top of that, I missed the text from my Director asking for my help at 10:30 pm last night because I was already asleep because we are so sleep deprived around here that we rarely stay up past 9 pm.  I didn't have my phone upstairs because I don't want some random call to wake us once we do get to sleep.

On top of that, my kids are being fucking douchebags typical 3 year olds and not wanting to behave and just watch TV.  They see their parents home with them and want attention.

So yeah, this day has sucked.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

I'd like to add crunches but I'm not there yet

I'm doing this little thing where I do 10 push ups every day.  To make a game of it, I am allowed to miss no more than one day and I have the option of making up missed days as well.  I could even do 10 push ups at 11:55 pm, then do 10 at 12:01 am and not have to do a set for almost 48 more hours, but that requires staying up late.

I've missed a day here and there.  Not sure exactly how many but at least one per week.  So let's call 26 out of 31 an 84% or a B on the old grading scale.  I will state the obvious: the push ups are easier the more frequently I do them.  In fact, skipping a day now and again seems to actually help.  My long term goal is to get to the point where I just do some push ups every morning without thinking about it and if I miss a day, no big deal.




Thursday, January 4, 2018

Welcome 2018 goodbye 2017

So what has been happening?  Obviously my posting here dipped substantially 2017.  Mostly because I was focusing on other things in the real world and the bulk of my writing was done over at ChicagoNow.

My days are of the Groundhog variety, mostly consisting of me getting the kids to daycare, getting to work, picking the kids up and dealing with them until it's time to go to bed.  Wash. Rinse. Repeat.  If I'm lucky I have a slow enough day at work that I can draft a post and get a lunch time workout in, that's a win.  

I still intend to keep this site and post here as much as I can, but it will be more archival, historical things to look back on, like an old fashioned weblog versus the writing practice that is my ChicagoNow blog.

According to FB On This Day here are my miles for the years:

  • 2017  304
  • 2016  301
  • 2015  300
  • 2014  374
  • 2013  702
  • 2012  804
  • 2011  495
  • 2010  661*
  • 2009  344*
  • 2008 1100
Update:  I was able to find most of the missing years.  I don't believe Daily Mile was a thing in 2009 and 2010. Luckily I had uploaded my Garmen data to Strava and was able to get some of the numbers from 2009 and 2010.  There are suspicious gaps in the Strava log as well.  Perhaps I didn't run with the Garmen all the time or the data wouldn't upload for that segment.  or maybe I was doing the No Need to Log miles if I'm not training thing.  And that's fine.  It's probably reasonable to suspect that the graph of miles versus years is linear moving downward.

It makes sense because 2008 was the year I foolishly ran 3 marathons and needed to take 2009 off.  I ran the 2010 Chicago Marathon so there was probably more mileage there. 

I managed to get 300+ mile goal in well before the year ended, in spite of hardly running at all in July and squandering the last 10 days of November.  I think this year I won't have a hard goal other than to just run as often and as far as time permits.  I'll just run when I can and see where I am each month.


Right now I'm home with two sick children.  We are in a phase now where they do not want to go to sleep on time and thus don't want to get up on time.  It doesn't help that they are not getting much outside activity to wear them down at daycare because of the weather.

During our trip to the South, Nightingale oscillated from wanting to move down there to realizing it wasn't the right answer.  We could get a really nice house for not a lot of money and be in an excellent school system.  But my feeling is that I don't belong there, can't fit in and won't be welcomed, thanks in no part to my my newest brother-in-law (who I will call Jethro Clampett).

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Greetings from Olive Branch

We are in Mississippi for the holidays.   We would have been heading out today but nightingale extended (not surprisingly) our stay by one day.   The pragmatist in me would have liked to be heading home right one, but I am enjoying the extra day of do nothing.

Arkansas Visitor Center


Like most of my visits to this part, the weather is unseasonably cooler than it should be.  That is either the universe telling me that we shouldn't move here, or that it won't be as bad weather-wise as I think if we do.    

Not too cold to play

I packed running clothes for both warm and cooler temps, but not for sub 40s, so I haven't been able to get out for a run this trip.   Luckily I did manage to get my 300+ miles for the year in before we left.  

Somehow I never get the rare piece


There is a discrepancy between the DailyMile website and the app, so I wanted not only to get in extra miles to adjust for that, but also finish early enough in December that any extra running would be icing on the cake. 

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Thought of the Day: Childhood playmates I use to know

When I was a little kid, before 1st grade even, I recall playing with some neighborhood kids.  They succumbed to White Flight moved away and I barely remember any names, let alone faces. 


In 3rd grade, I went to Hansen Park grade school for a quarter. My mom worked nearby and we had some cover story about us living in a nearby apartment, the address of which I could not remember at 7 or 8 years old. 

And then of course there are the zillions of classmates that I barely knew in grade school, high school and college.  I'm connected with a fraction of them through FB of course but there are always the few that didn't interact. 

I sometimes wonder how many times I've gotten on a crowded bus or train, or passed them on a busy street without either of us realizing that we once played tag on a street called Washtenaw nearly 50 years ago.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

November stats

Today is obviously the last day of November and barring a late evening run on the treadmill, I will finish Nov with 27 miles and need just as many for December if I want to crack 300 miles for 2017.  That isn't counting any rounding errors DailyMile apparently makes. The website says I'm at 272 miles but the app shows 269.91 miles.

This week was bad because we were on holiday Monday, Tuesday was too chaotic to bring running clothes to work (I swam) and my kids are sick.  I WFH yesterday but didn't want to take a break to run even though my mom was there.  I had got very little sleep the night before. 

Back in the day, 28 miles would have been one, maybe two weeks worth of work this time of year.  Sigh, those days are gone. 

Meanwhile, I've written 46 posts on ChicagoNow which means I need about 6 to keep my average of 1 a week.  I'm okay with missing that target since 46 is still a nice number.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Might be better this way

A couple of weeks ago, I finally took down the rest of the deck furniture for winter including the gazabo we bought this summer.  I have to remember next year that I need to start putting things away sooner than late October because the weather turns quickly.  It's better to do it and have a few wasted weeks were you could have still enjoyed sitting outside than to have to fight with bitter cold while you try to put everything away.



For any project I need the perfect storm of

  • Appropriate Weather (not to hot, cold, rain)
  • Sunlight
  • Materials (nothing like starting a project and finding out you don't have the right something)
  • Energy to do it (after work is not optimal)
  • Kids out of the way 


I need to repair the deck railing but that will be a 2018 project.  Depending on costs, we will either put in a permanent pergola or  continue to buy cheap $100 gazabos, though hopefully we do a better job of securing it so it doesn't get bent and broken like our last one and we can re-use it.

We still don't know how much longer we will live in this house or what to do about the kids and school. 




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