Writer contemplates another marathon
October 3, 2008 · Updated 1:30 AM
Time flies when you're having fun, which must be the reason it
doesn't seem like it should be June already. June 19 will be the last day of
school for grades 6-12, and June 20 is the last day for grades K-5, just in time
for the first day of summer on June 21.
Father's Day is Sunday, June 18, so start planning something special
for Dad now. Brandon and I decided to make a photo album of pictures of
him and Brian for Brian's Father's Day present. Brian hasn't taken many
pictures of Brandon so I decided to take a bunch and get some older ones
from his family because those pictures will be something for him to always
treasure. So if you have a Dad that doesn't need much, mow his lawn, wash
his car, wax his airplane or something along those lines that has much
I am being totally tortured now. I am baby-sitting Cat Ballou (Dad's
cat) while they are out of town and she is very demanding. She gets lonely so
I go over in the evening to love her up and have to listen to Sparky cry at
the door for his Donna to come home. Between the two of them, they
can wear a person down.
A bad case of laziness has settled in since doing the marathon in
March. A few pounds have come on and I can't seem to get back into a
regular walking routine. The only thing saving me from totally vegging out is
all the shoveling and work I am helping Brian do on his property, plus
playing baseball, basketball, soccer and badminton with Brandon. We are in
the process of doing a major garden so my arms have developed strength but
by stomach needs a major shrink job.
So being the glutton for punishment that I am, I have signed up
to walk in the Seattle Marathon in November. I found a group to train
with for 24 weeks starting on June 10, which gets us ready to do the
marathon. I like the idea of getting back into the exercise routine but hope
this time I have better luck with blisters, etc. There is no fund raising
involved with this, so that part won't be taking up my time. I'll be curious to see
how different doing a marathon in Seattle in November is compared to doing
one in Maui in March.
Corny joke of the week: Why did the chicken lift weights? She
With summer comes kiddie pools. To prevent the little ones from
slipping in the pool, stick non-stick bathtub decals in fun shapes and colors
on the floor of the pool before filling it.
"The best blush to use is laughter. It puts roses in your cheeks and in
It happened this week: Gene Kelly starred in "Singing in the
Rain" in 1952; "Superman" was
published in 1938 _ inspired by a dream creator Jerry Siegel had about the
baby Moses; the first taxis arrived in New York City in 1907 from Paris; and
Evel Knievel zoomed over 16 cars in a row with his motorcycle in 1967.
Little neighbor Lucy has got one heck of a garden growing. She
has definitely inherited her mom's green thumb. I feel ashamed of my little
tiny flowerbed when I see the fantastic things they have done with their yard.
Iced tea tastes great. To keep it chilled without that
watered-down taste, pour some of your iced tea in
an ice-cube tray and freeze it. Then use the ice cubes to cool off your iced tea.
Sparky has developed a fondness for barbecued pork. I decided to
buy myself a little package and he ended up with most of it and then
proceeded to lick my fingers and cried and cried for more. I was not about to get out
of my pajamas to run to the store to get him more.
At one time he liked brussels sprouts. Mom and Dad had a cat
that liked the pimento from stuffed olives. Sparky likes potato chips and
saltine crackers. I swear he hears the crunching from a mile away. I also
noticed that old cats' food tastes change dramatically. I think their bodies
must crave certain things in their geriatric days. Cat Ballou likes her
butter melted and also wants to eat ashes from the fireplace.
When I saw Roy this morning, he was telling me about the mass
poppy blooming going on, on the ridge. He has been pestering me to get back
into my walking routine. The thought of seeing that luscious row of
poppies just might get me out of bed tomorrow morning.
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