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).

Do me a favor? Click my "like" button and join our Facebook community.
****************
Thank you for reading and I hope you will comment below. Here's the part where I beg for stuff because we get paid in likes, shares, re-tweets and feedback. If you like my posts, funnies and random facts, please also do any and all of the following:

Follow Mysteries of Life on Twitter (@MysteriesOLife), Facebook or subscribe via email.

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. 

Do me a favor? Click my "like" button and join our Facebook community.
****************
Thank you for reading and I hope you will comment below. Here's the part where I beg for stuff because we get paid in likes, shares, re-tweets and feedback. If you like my posts, funnies and random facts, please also do any and all of the following:

Follow Mysteries of Life on Twitter (@MysteriesOLife), Facebook or subscribe via email.

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.

Do me a favor? Click my "like" button and join our Facebook community.
****************
Thank you for reading and I hope you will comment below. Here's the part where I beg for stuff because we get paid in likes, shares, re-tweets and feedback. If you like my posts, funnies and random facts, please also do any and all of the following:

Follow Mysteries of Life on Twitter (@MysteriesOLife), Facebook or subscribe via email.

























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.

Do me a favor? Click my "like" button and join our Facebook community.
****************
Thank you for reading and I hope you will comment below. Here's the part where I beg for stuff because we get paid in likes, shares, re-tweets and feedback. If you like my posts, funnies and random facts, please also do any and all of the following:

Follow Mysteries of Life on Twitter (@MysteriesOLife), Facebook or subscribe via email.

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. 




Do me a favor? Click my "like" button and join our Facebook community.
****************
Thank you for reading and I hope you will comment below. Here's the part where I beg for stuff because we get paid in likes, shares, re-tweets and feedback. If you like my posts, funnies and random facts, please also do any and all of the following:

Follow Mysteries of Life on Twitter (@MysteriesOLife), Facebook or subscribe via email.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Winter Training Memories

I was thinking of someone I use to run with back in the day.  We were group leaders for Winter Training.  One winter I was going out for a 20 mile run and looking for some people to run me in.  I
was training for one the many spring marathons I've run as such, was doing the bulk of my training solo. 

SF volunteered but she only wanted to do 5 miles.  On the surface that sounds like a great thing.  SF is gonna help me with 25% of my run. 

Couple of things here..

First, most marathoners do their LRs by going out and back.  If you are running 12, you go six miles in on direction and then come back.  This is a little game we play with ourselves so that we finish without quitting or cutting our run short.  [unless injured, inclement weather or just having a really craptastic run.]

Second,  anyone who has ever trained for a marathon and has run 20 miles knows that the first 5 miles is the "easy" part.  Heck, if you are a marathoner and have run multiple marathons, I'd say the first 10 miles usually isn't so bad.  It's the second half where the struggle is real. 

Third, when someone asks you to Run Them In, it's just understood they are referring to meeting up with them closer to the end of the run so that they don't give up. 

But SF didn't want to wait 2 hours or come back, SF was already there.  And SF didn't want to run 5 miles with me and then turn around.  SF wanted to only do 5 miles total, which meant 2.5 out and 2.5 back which doesn't really help me at all.

What SF should have done was done some fuzzy math and figured that if I left at X time and ran an 8 minute pace, I'd be turning around at 1:20 minutes, give or take and meet me five miles from our base two hours after my start time.  But that is a lot of work and not fun.  She didn't want to flesh it out over email the days before, saying we'll figure it out on Saturday but when Saturday came she didn't want to stand around in the cold trying to figure it out.

What I should have done was said okay let's go 2.5 miles north, turn around and then head back to base and I'll run 15 south on my own.  But I wasn't thinking of making the best of what a flake had to offer, I was trying to figure out how to get what I wanted. 

Do me a favor? Click my "like" button and join our Facebook community.
****************
Thank you for reading and I hope you will comment below. Here's the part where I beg for stuff because we get paid in likes, shares, re-tweets and feedback. If you like my posts, funnies and random facts, please also do any and all of the following:

Follow Mysteries of Life on Twitter (@MysteriesOLife), Facebook or subscribe via email.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

About that Great American Novel

"The book I have had in my mind since 20 is still there instead of on pages. I tell myself I'll write everyday but then one day turns to two then three and I'm still here not working on it. Why? Because I'm afraid of not being perfect. Of disappointing myself."Mahjabeen Syed


At ChicagoNow the bloggers fall into three large buckets.  There are the main, vocal, interactive group that I'm friends with on FB who support one another.  There are the ones who blog for a short time then fade away because bloggin is hard.  finally there is the group of people who post semi-regularly but go about life without interaction with the rest of us.  Sure, they'll reply to a comment, but they don't join our reindeer games or read our blogs etc.  And that's fine.

I decided to scan all the hard copies of my draft stories from the 90s that I never finished.  if nothing else it will get rid of the paper trail.  I figure I can always print it again and hopefully saving it to The Cloud will be just as good as putting it in a binder on a shelf and ignoring it for another two decades.

I have to say this.  It is hard to re-read all these story drafts because....they suck.   I'm not being modest or fishing for encouragement or reinforcements.  The writing is sophomoric at best, pedantic at worse.  I was trying very hard to sound like other authors and weave a story with too many genres and influences. 

Do me a favor? Click my "like" button and join our Facebook community.
****************
Thank you for reading and I hope you will comment below. Here's the part where I beg for stuff because we get paid in likes, shares, re-tweets and feedback. If you like my posts, funnies and random facts, please also do any and all of the following:

Follow Mysteries of Life on Twitter (@MysteriesOLife), Facebook or subscribe via email.