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Beautiful Day for a Bicycle Ride

Beautiful Day for a Bicycle Ride

I must start off by saying how beautiful it was today! It was almost 90 yesterday and yet the high today was 78. It was 68 at 6 o’clock this afternoon when I was debating about turning on the AC. Had I known it wasn’t going to get above 78, I probably never would have closed the windows. We are currently 7 degrees below normal – It’s 54 outside at 11 at night. I think it is going to be a beautiful night and I’m going to sleep quite well. It was 69 downstairs when I closed the windows!

I went for a bikeride this morning for the first time since I moved here. I think it had been a while before then as well. It was really good, although I probably pushed myself a little harder than I should have. It is totally different riding around here, it’s so flat! I’m not used to pedaling on flat ground for so long. In Fallbrook you get breaks all the time. Yeah, you work hard to get up a hill, but then you get to rest as you come down the other side. I went down to Harveston to drop my speedlight off at Kristin’s and then went by the office. I did some exploring around there, were I found these random markings behind the industrial buildings on the other side of the street. Actually, it was just to the side of New Life Church. I found a little passageway from one side to the other, so I guess we have less of chance of being stranded with one way in. I took some dirt roads up through French Valley Airport and from there to Los Alamos and brought it all the way back to Whitewood. I had always thought it was a dirt road, but the whole thing was paved as far as I could tell. It wasn’t in the best of shape and it is certainly not designed to be a major road, but paved nonetheless.
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On to the Next

Well, I just can’t believe that there were 17 offers on the house and that it sold for $40k over asking price. Of course, I don’t know what the distribution was, I could be #2 in line or I could be the lowest offer on the house! There are some others that are similar, but I don’t think they carry the upgrades, or probably the views. Angela found a house right near the office that she wants to see, but it isn’t even in the MLS yet and there was no lockbox, so we couldn’t get in to see it. It might be nice to only be a few minutes from work since I do go there so often. I could walk to work from there or at least ride my bike and still go home for lunch!

Other than the house thing, I finished up the quotes I had been working on and got them out the door.

I went for a bicycle ride tonight, and didn’t take enough breaks because the flies were crazy. Every time I began to stop they would start to swarm, so I pretty much just did the standard route without stopping which really tired me out. … I keep thinking about getting better at calling people when driving, but all to often it seems that is my time to ponder or I am waiting for something else to happen.

Busy Day, No News

I had a pretty busy day at the office today. It was kind of quiet, but I was swamped trying to get through some quotes that needed to get out. Alison and I went to lunch at Olive Garden and then I went to check out the new parking garage at the mall. Actually, i was trying to go to Hallmark, but I think I got distracted by the new garage and therefore thought Hallmark was in the mall. When I walked in and couldn’t find it on the directory, I realized it wasn’t in the mall! Oh well, I got back in the car, found the Hallmark and a card and then finally got back to work.

No news on the house. We probably won’t hear anything till Friday, which I guess isn’t all that far away now. There are some similar houses on the market (same layout), but they are all much more expensive and don’t seem to have the same upgrades. They probably also aren’t in as good of condition, so I’m not sure what I’ll do if I don’t get this one other than going and making low ball offers on the others. At least I’ll have a good comp to compare it to!

I was going to try and go for a ride tonight, but figured once I got home that i was just going to be lazy instead since I didn’t get an early start. I’m hoping to make it home early enough tomorrow to get one in.

Up Too Early

I got myself up way too early this morning. Actually, I was awake at like 5 and had a hard time staying in bed till 6. I thought about getting up and getting going before 6, but knew it was only going to cause problems somewhere along the line. Chances are, I would have wasted it on facebook or something stupid all morning anyway. Work went well and since I was the first one there, I thought it only fair that I got to be the first one to leave.

I came home early and went for a bike ride. I wasn’t really feeling up to it, but knew I really needed it. I’m still trying to work off the pounds I put on when we were back in Minneapolis last month. I guess that really means I need to stop eating, and that certainly didn’t happen with the slice of cake I had tonight! I did feel much better after the ride, I just need to work on doing them more regularly!

Looks like more of the same tomorrow. I’m taking Thursday off and headed to Disneyland for anyone that wants to join.

P.S. I was watching some of the CMT Country Music Awards while getting ready for bed and I must say I am looking forward to having Brad Paisley back in town soon

Sense of Accomplishment

I feel like I’ve accomplished stuff today. Actually, really just this afternoon, but I’ll start at the beginning. I was uber tired this morning and got a bit of a late start. Would it be fair to blame that on Shelly who was text messaging me way past my bedtime last night? Probably. The office phone was ringing before I even left the house so I stayed around to cover the phones until people got in the office and then headed there myself. I kept myself busy most of the day without letting more than a handful of messages accumulate in my inbox. It is so weird (and incredibly nice) to have no messages left to deal with and I’m finding great success with marking messages for followup on certain days and then filing them.

I left work a bit earlier than normal, after putting in a full day to come home and go for a bikeride. I was having second thoughts as I was getting close to home. I knew I needed to get out there and go, so I made it happen even though I didn’t want to at times. I had a good ride and got to see some cute little baby birds going for a walk. It was nice to take a break and just enjoy nature for a few minutes. Maybe I need to do that more often.

Once I got home, I started cleaning out my closet. The boys mentioned that it would be nice to have another shelf unit and discovered that I had one still at home. It was giving some organization to the closet, but also accumulating junk so I was half happy to see it go. It gave me a chance to clean some things out and rearrange. I think I have a few things that I need to throw away, some to give away and one or two to try to sell. In the process I cleaned up a corner of my room and while it isn’t perfect, it is a huge improvement over what it was. I keep thinking about cleaning, but then tell myself that there is no point if I’m going to move soon and have a whole house to clutter up! Maybe I can get through the stuff on my desk tomorrow night.

Live Free or Die Hard

I just finished watching Live Free or Die Hard. It was pretty good, I just gave it 5 stars at Netflix. Maybe I was just in the mood for action, or maybe it was really a good movie, but I recommend it. It really is scary if you think about what someone could do if they tapped into all of our systems. I know what a nightmare it is when my email doesn’t work for a few hours. Think if it was down for good and you couldn’t work on it while you were sitting in total gridlock traffic!

Do you ever wonder how different life would be if it weren’t for little decisions that we make along the way? I have seriously drifted away from the computer side of things and could be doing so many different things if I had pursed that. Heck, I could have been one of those guys in the movie hacking into things or I could have been someone working against them. I have to think back to what Glen used to say, that’d I’d be one of those making over $1M a year within two years. And look at where I have gone. I’m not saying I have regrets or anything, I just think it is interested to ponder what if sometimes. What if I had stayed in Idaho? What if I was still working at Fallbrook High today? There is a lot to be said for where I am right now, but there is always the lure of something different, something unknown, something more exciting.

This was an interesting week. I didn’t write much, nor did I spent too much time pondering. I really didn’t do much, at least not much that would really be interesting. It looks like I last wrote Monday, so I’ll pick it up from Tuesday where I made it home early enough to go for a bikeride before it got dark. It was great and I’m really glad that I actually did it instead of just sitting around and talking about it all the time. Wednesday I went to the activity at church, foosball which was fairly fun. I just took pictures, and then tried to stay alive when it turned into a crazy soccer game. Thursday I skipped institute to get home and to sleep early so I could be up really early Friday to be in the 6 o’clock session at the temple. It was good to spend the day there and the place was packed. At one point we had more people than would fit in one room, so we had to split up into two groups, and there were probably others that were on a different track already. After the temple I went to BJ’s for Brooke’s birthday party.

I rested most of today, watching TV and just hanging out at the house. I was beat from getting up so early the day before and just the week in general I think. I was thinking that when I go back to Minnesota a week from now, I should make it a point of getting to the St. Paul Temple. I called them today and they’ve got sessions at 6 & 7 p.m. on Tuesday as well as a few Wednesday afternoon. I’m hoping I can make it to one of them somehow. I haven’t figured out the details yet, but hopefully it will all come together. I need to find out what our itinerary is going to be like and see where I can squeeze a session in.

A Year

I stayed home all day today. Well, I guess that isn’t completely true. I never got in my car today. I did go for a bikeride this morning. I wasn’t smart enough to do it earlier in the morning when it was cool. No, I managed to get sidetracked enough so that I didn’t leave the house until after 10 when it was in the lower seventies. It quickly got to eighty which is about twenty degrees outside of my comfort level. I probably didn’t take as many or as long of rest stops as I should have, so I started really paying for it as I was getting closer to home. That kind of lead me to sitting around and listening to music for a while.

I was thinking of all the things that I could do today. There really were so many good options. I thought about getting my taxes done, cleaning the house, reading, going out and having fun. I didn’t get the taxes done, but I did get through the mail and get a corner of my desk cleaned off, which felt good to me. I’m not exactly sure where most of the day went. I didn’t spend too much time on facebook or playing on the internet and yet I can’t figure out where the day went. I did get Susan’s new ReplayTV setup, so once she watches all the programs on her old one I can stop paying for that on a monthly basis.

I also spent some time getting things together to shuffle as much money as possible to paying off  my car each month so hopefully I can speed up the repayment of the loan and save some money in the process. I was thinking a while back that it would be nice to not have the car payment when purchasing a house, but I don’t see any way that it is going to get paid off before that happens if I am to buy soon. I do know that every little bit counts, so therefore I’m going to do what I can instead of just talking about it. I think it may be time to do some housecleaning and get rid of all these accounts that are holding small sums of money that could be put to better use.

My mom passed on a year ago today. Some days it seems like it was so long ago now, yet others it feels just like it was yesterday. Actually I was driving down the road the other day and I thought about something I wanted to call her about. I guess it takes a long time to teach an old dog new tricks. In the last year I made way too many trips to Tucson taking care of the estate and things. I still have things sitting here in my room that I have done nothing with. Does that show how much of a slacker I really am? I guess some part of me hasn’t wanted to deal with things because it would put closure on it and also for the reason that I’m going to move eventually and why bother with it twice?

How much life has changed in a single year… And yet how much is still the same…

Thinking back I guess i should have gone to the temple today. I had actually been thinking about it earlier in the week, but not for that reason, just because it has been a while since I have been. I rationalized that since I will be setting aside a day next week I didn’t need to make the trip this week as well. Probably not the best decision I could have come too, but there are certainly worse things I could have been doing today. Well, I think I’m going to go to bed so I can get a good start tomorrow instead of sleeping all morning. Good night!

Slow Saturday

I should start out by being honest and admitting that I didn’t accomplish much today. i did go for a bikeride, and I did a few things around the house, but I also did a lot of sitting around, playing and surfing facebook. This afternoon I started to get antsy, so I decided I was going to go to Disneyland. I thought Christa would go, but she had other plans. I thought Lauren would be up for going, but she had other plans as well, so it turned out to just be Larilyn and I. We still had fun and tried not to kill anyone. I found out that California Screaming is fun in the front. I guess the train is short enough that you don’t spend too much time waiting for the last car to catch up.

As we were driving home I started craving strawberry lemonade. i had thought about Teal earlier, but I didn’t really want to stop on the way out and they don’t make it convenient to get back to Katella. We ended up stopping in Irvine, and apparently Teal had already gotten the message to our waiter there. He decided to spill a glass or two of water on me since I had managed to escape Disneyland completely dry. (it probably had something to do with both Big Thunder Mountain and Pirates being closed.) Long story short, I didn’t melt and I made it home alive.

That’s it for now. I’m going to sleep as it is way, way, way the heck past my bedtime.

Quickest Route to a Heavy Heart

Well, just in case it wasn’t already official, I’m old. I’m getting older as we speak.

Ryan and I went for a ride this morning. It didn’t almost kill me like it did last week, so we’re making improvements. Now, if we could just get a schedule and stick to it we might be able to make some progress. Work went fairly well. I ended up having to run out at 5 when a customer called and I had to drive something to FedEx to get it shipped for him, so that got me home early and ended the debate of what I was going to do tonight. Since I was already in my car and basically at the freeway, I decided to drive on home.

I actually found another live person on the GTARC repeater this evening. I recently decided that I was going to set out to find someone else on there, so I’ve started calling out when I’m in the area. I found a guy, John, today who was thinking the same thing – that no one ever uses the repeater and we needed to make it more active.

I had a real quiet evening at home. Matt got his new DVR today, so he was happy. I spent some time on facebook, ate some cake and sat down to watch a movie. I watched Sky High. I wasn’t expecting too much from it, but I enjoyed it. As usual, the main character was such an idiot and couldn’t see what was right in front of him until it was made blatantly obvious to him. I wonder if we do the same thing. Are we characters in a movie and people are sitting at home watching us on the screen saying hey idiot, can’t you see such or don’t you realize that? I guess you just have to love how hindsight is 20/20. I’m sure I do similar stupid things on a regular basis – how come you all aren’t telling me what an idiot I am and how I can’t see what is right in front of me?

Warren Peace says to Layla at one point: “to let true love remain unspoken is the quickest route to a heavy heart.” It was quickly followed by, “and your lucky numbers are…” It may not always work out well for us when we tell people how we really feel, but what’s the point in hiding it? Many people will see it, but the one that it matters to may be blind. Sure, it may be awkward, but do some critical analysis, what do you really have to loose? At most, maybe something you never had and were only dreaming of. What do you have to gain? Pretty much, just, the world. You’ll never know if you don’t come out and say it.

I typically hate birthdays because I’m just not one for the attention and I hate giving and/or receiving gifts just because it is one of those times. I must admit though that Bouse generally comes up with great ideas. The Apple stock was classic a few years ago. Today he had an edible bouquet delivered – of fruit! It was quite good. I enjoyed some chocolate covered strawberries this afternoon and am looking forward to working through it some more tomorrow. Batch also brought me some new chocolate which was quite good. And, no birthday could be complete without an ice cream cake which Nathaniel got while picking up lunch.

Where I was trying to go with that last paragraph was that what I do like about birthdays (and other holidays) is it gives us an excuse to talk to people we don’t get to talk to on a regular basis. I got all sorts of random text messages, phone calls, emails, etc from people today who I haven’t heard from in a while. I got to talk to Dale Buzza the other day on his birthday. It’s probably the only time we talk each and every year, but it gives us a few minutes to catch up. That much I do like, and I got to hear from Ashley who I haven’t talked to in a few months.

Well, seeing as how I need to help hold the fort down the rest of the week, I’d better get my old self to sleep. I’m getting too old to stay up late and make it to the office on-time. Oh wait, I’ve always had a problem with that!

Talk About Humiliating

I decided to go for a bikeride this morning. It is a beautiful morning, although I could probably argue for it to be a few degrees cooler. It was 60 when I left the house and is now 71. It is amazingly clear outside – we must have a mild Santa Ana. So I do my little ride, what I like to call the warmup and am on my last rest-stop, nearly home when this herd of bikers comes flying by me. Flying up the hill, not down. Here is little ol’ me sitting on the side of the road while these hardcore guys just keep pushing on. I guess it could have been worse: I could have been riding up the hill when they came up and overtook me. But then there is the thought going through everyone’s head who seems me riding after this point: Ahh, look at that fat guy, he’s trying to keep up with the pros that went by ten minutes ago…

I probably shouldn’t have extended the ride this morning, but it felt really good to get out there and do it. Now I can eat more ice cream this afternoon! We’ll see if Ryan and I can keep it up and get out there again on Saturday.

Bikeride

Ryan and I went for a bikeride this morning for the first time since October or November. It actually felt quite good and I’m glad we were finally able to make it happen. We’ve been full of excuses lately, but it has generally been quite easy with the rain or something going on Saturday mornings. I’m thinking I need to find a standard day to go riding during the week as well and get back on track.

After our ride, and blowing off the driveway (which I also haven’t done in weeks) I spent the rest of the morning clearing off my desk. Rather, I was just getting through the mail that had been stacked up on my desk waiting for some attention. Maybe someday I’ll get to the piles of things that have been sitting under or around my desk at home for months and do something with them.

I went to the office this afternoon to install more RAM in our server and get some other minor things done. Batch and Bouse came by and we talked for a while. Before I knew it, I had been there five hours and it was definitely time to get out.

I think I’ve gone the entire week without going inside Costco as hard as that may be to believe. I was there Monday or Tuesday for gas, but that doesn’t really count. I got my rebate in the mail today, so I’ll have to go shopping sometime soon.

I was hoping to get some relaxing in this evening watching a movie or something along those lines, but by the time I got home and made dinner, it was after nine and I didn’t get to reading the lesson for priesthood tomorrow until after ten. I’m hoping after reading it now twice it will all make more sense in the morning and I can get a lesson plan together. I also need to figure out what in the world I’m going to talk about or we’re going to discuss at teacher development next weekend. I just hope I’m not supposed to have anything together for our meetings this week.

Windows Mobile Wins

I’ve just been spending way too much time at the office lately. I didn’t leave till 8:30 tonight, went to Sierra’s birthday dinner at BJ’s and then came home to keep working! I guess it’s keeping me out of trouble for the most part. Windows Mobile won. The final nail in the coffin was when Batch sent a message last night and it had the signature line “Sent from my Verizon Wireless Blackberry.” I figured that indicated it was time to be done. There were enough reason to go Windows, we certainly don’t need to be sending out email through Blackberry’s servers so they can tag it up with whatever they want.

Things seem to be working fairly well on that front. I continued to immerse myself in Windows today. When I started having problems with my Windows in Parallels at the office, I decided it was time for a clean install. Unfortunately I couldn’t get my XP iso disc (which I used to install it in the first place) to work, so I grabbed the Vista disk that was sitting in the cabinet and went to town! I actually somewhat like it. Things seem to be going well with it and the two things I use it for I got installed and working: Outlook and Quickbooks.

And on that note, I’m going to bed. Ryan and I are going riding in the morning so I need to get some rest.