Friday fly by

20 06 2008

Not that the title doesn’t make it obvious.  But it’s Friday.  Another week over.  They seem to be going past faster and faster each week.

The weather’s been awesome, sun and blue skies, which made it a complete joy to ride to the gym this morning.  That’s right, ride.  Mark drove, I rode then put my bike in the car to bring them both home.

Then from gym to physio, a rest and shortly, racquetball.

Then…  an early night and a big sleep.

Hooroo, and happy weekend to you!

I didn’t fall off!

19 06 2008

Woohoo!  I finally managed to get outside in the sunshine and ride my new bike, and inside a week of having it.
Although today is the one week anniversary of when we found each other…  Awww.  *laugh*

Jamie, cleats are the attachments to your riding shoes that allow you to clip your feet to the pedals.  Nifty things when you know how to use them.  When you don’t…  Well, let’s just say, that if you don’t manage to unclip your feet when you cease momentum, you’ll soon get a personal gravity experience. 😉

I cheated.  I haven’t gotten around to putting the cleats on my shoes yet, so after donning my snazzy new helmet, I jumped on my equally snazzy new bike in normal shoes and took off for a nice ride into the sunshine.  Where I quickly discovered that despite all the gym time I’ve put in over the last 12 months, I’m definitely not accustomed to biking.
So I guess over the coming days, weeks, months etc. I’ll be out there building up my endurance and getting used to the whole biking experience again.  It’s hard to believe that as a young teenager I spent all of my time on my bike riding for hours without breaking a sweat.  Not so much these days.  But I’ll get there.

So it’s been a great day.  Racquetball this morning, where I won both games.  Yay me!  Then biking this afternoon followed by a nice big crunchy Asian salad and some much needed cold water.

Then some household chores.  We’ve friends arriving from Edinburgh, Scotland this weekend.  Richard and Beth.  I met Beth as she was one of the Bridesmaids at the wedding I was Bestman at.  Her boyfriend, correction!  Fiance.  He proposed last week and she accepted.  CONGRATULATIONS!  …are arriving here on the weekend.  It’ll be great to see them both again.

That’s it for now.  Have a good one!

Perhaps tomorrow…

18 06 2008

I STILL haven’t had a chance to ride my new bike yet.  Dammit!

Although, I have managed to get everything done around the house that I needed to, so now it’s looking good for me to get out on the road tomorrow.

All I have to do this evening is bolt my cleats to my shoes, and then tomorrow post racquetball, practice clipping and unclipping my feet so when I do have to stop, I don’t panic and fall over sideways with my feet still clipped into the pedals.  It’s always funny when it’s someone else, but I’m tipping that it’s totally not funny when it’s you.
Although knowing me, I’ll still laugh, a few seconds after I go bright red with embarrassment and finish swearing. 😉

Other than that, it’s just one more normal day.  Gym, physio, not killing Mark…  *laugh*

That’s it.  I’m off for the evening.


Grey skies are gonna clear up

17 06 2008

Put on a happy face…

The day started out pretty grey and miserable today.  No sun, dark clouds, and drizzling rain.  Not exactly the sort of weather anyone really looks forward to.
Especially not if you’re moving house.  Which a friend of mine was doing today, with my assistance.

Fortunately by the time we picked up the truck and started loading it, the rain had finished for the day, and by the time the truck was loaded, and we’d stopped for lunch, the skies were clearing.

Now it’s after 7 in the evening and the skies are blue and the sun is out.  Nice!

I didn’t get a chance to ride my bike today though.  D’oh!  That’ll teach me for putting it off yesterday in favour of today.  I completely forgot I’d offered to help with a move.

Oh well, there’s always tomorrow.

That said, I’m off to enjoy a nice hot shower, and settle in for the evening.  It’s a gym and physio day tomorrow, I’m going to need my rest.


Monday is SUN day!

16 06 2008

That’s right, SUN, again!  It was another great day here today, not what I would equate to an Australian Summers day, but for Washington, it was pretty damn good.

Blue skies, sun, and solar powered happiness all round.  Such a nice change.

There’s nothing exciting to report today, just the usual; gym, chores, etc, and it’s going to be an early night.


..and then there was Sun!

15 06 2008

Truly there was.  At 7am this morning the skies were already blue and the sun shining, so the day suddenly became a whole lot more pleasurable.
Which is a bonus.  I mean really.  Being awake and dressed at 7am on a Sunday morning!!  Of course for an early morning game of racquetball, it’s worthwhile.

Game over, it was back home, shower and then off to hit the bike shops to FINALLY pick up my bike and all the lovely gadgety accessories that go along with it.

How happy am I??  VERY!!  … and on top of that, I got to play in the sun all day.  Woohoo!  But, now I’m off to go enjoy what’s left of the sun.


Bikeless but theatrically entertained

14 06 2008

Well, the day was supposed to start with me returning to the bike shop to pick up my new possession.  But unfortunately it didn’t quite work the way I planned.

You see overnight somewhere in Redmond a power transformer exploded rendering the Bike Store power less – literally.  So unfortunately they were unable to process the sale for the accessories that I purchased.
They probably could have done it manually, but unfortunately I was working with limited time as we had tickets for a show in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre.

The show…  Avenue Q.

Until yesterday morning I’d never even heard of it.  Now, I’ve seen it.

OMG it was awesome, and bloody hilarious.

Think Sesame Street for adults, complete with full frontal puppet nudity and sex.  Strange…  BUT very funny!

If I wasn’t feeling so tired from the day and a game of racquetball this afternoon I’d explain more.  But you’re going to have to follow the link above and check it out for yourself.  Actually, here’s an excerpt from the web site itself.

AVENUE Q is Broadway’s smash-hit 2004 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. A hilarious show full of heart and hummable tunes, AVENUE Q is about trying to make it in NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Called "one of the funniest shows you’re ever likely to see" by Entertainment Weekly, AVENUE Q features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risqué and downright entertaining way.
AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There’s Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fiancée Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker, and his roommate Rod – a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building’s superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Ok, I’m off for dinner with a friend now and a relatively early evening.


Friday 13th Rocks!

13 06 2008

It’s Black Friday, and while some people may shy away from it for their own superstitious reasons, the number 13 is my lucky number, and I’m not afraid of the day at all.

But, why does it rock?

Well today I finally bought my first ever road bike.  A very sexy, and Friday the 13th appropriate, black 2008 CFR Elite Scattante.  It’s soooo sexy.  I love it!

I paid for it today, but will pick it up tomorrow, along with a swathe of cycling appropriate accessories.

My new toy, and new hobby.  This is going to be fun!

So if you’re in the area and into cycling hit me up, or if you have any information, hints or tips you want to share, share away.  It’s all new to me.

So there you have it.  A happy new toy day for me.


On yer bike!

12 06 2008

I think I’ve finally found my bike.

I still have to go back to the store and take it for a test ride, and ensure that it’s a good fit for me anatomically, but if it is, it’ll be MINE ALL MINE!!! in the next 48 hours.

How exciting.  Of course more information, and a description will be forthcoming once I go ahead.

But the quick summary.  I want to buy a road bike and start getting more involved in cycling.

I’ve been picking the brains of friends and trainers, and am if anyone else out there has information they believe I need to know as a first time road bike purchaser, feel free to drop it on me.

Gotta go though, I’m tired.  It’s been a big day, 6 games of racquetball (That I won!!).  Two trips to the vet.  One for vaccinations for the cats, and a second one because Oliver had an adverse reaction to a vaccine (despite having antihistamines first), lost the use of his back legs temporarily, scaring the crap out of me and sending me back to have him attended to.
A shot of steroids later, and within minutes he was up and running and looking pretty damn grouchy.  No surprise!

I’m outta here – hope you’re all well out there.


Give me the epidural!

11 06 2008

Now I’ve heard it said that Men are wimps.  That if they had to go through childbirth they’d never cope with the pain. Well, I’m not one to argue.  I agree.  I have a pretty high pain threshold, but there are cirtain circumstances where I want drugs.  Drugs, drugs and MORE drugs.  My mantra is “Give me total pain and sensory deprivation”.

Which leads me in to today’s follow up Physical Therapy session.  *laugh*

I know that it’s for my own good, and that it’s going to rectify my shin splint issues, but “OMG” the shin massage hurts.

My therapist; Shelly is awesome.  I still think she’s a sadist though, she smiles far too much during the torture. ;)  I wouldn’t have it any other way though.

I honest to god thought that she was raking her finger nails down the insides of my calf this morning, I felt the same the other day too.  Today was awful, awful enough that I sat up from a horizontal position without the aid of my arms in sheer agony to see if she really was using her nails, or a sharp and pointed instrument.
No, not at all, she was in fact using the pads of her thumbs, my shins are just that bad right now.
She calls it “Shelly Love”, I’d argue, but it works.  Today she promised to leave me with a “Shelly Hangover”.  Eek! 😉


Admittedly though, now the associated exercises and deep tissue massage have finished for the day, and concluded with a 15 minute session of Ice, I feel so much better.  Exhausted, sore, but comfortable and ready for a good sleep.

Mmm sleep.  That’s what I’m going to go do.

But not before I wish my dad luck with his surgery today.  Good luck Dad!!

… and wish Shelly a Happy Birthday for tomorrow.