Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Lovely August Day

Today started off with me going to the dentist, a task so many people hate, but I really love it. If I could go once a month (and have insurance pay) I would. My traditional post dentist ritual is going to see a movie, but today I am breaking tradition by going to Xoco (the Rick Bayless torta restaurant). Such fantastic food, the line for a sandwich is at least 30 mins, but it is worth it.

My plan for the day is to perhaps buy a new carry-on bag, and hit the driving range. I am going golfing next Thursday and I need some more practice. I will attempt to coax my mom out to do. Bit of mini golf, as that was on her list of things to do this summer (the only thing on her list, actually). Should be fun.

Tonight is dinner with JM and Mike at La Tache, a great little bistrot on Andersonville, that is closing in two weeks to be reinvented as a Dutch inspired restaurant (what exactly is Dutch inspired? I do not know, and neither do the servers).

I can feel the summer starting to wind down, which fills me with lots of sadness. I do not know why though. I love the fall, and the winter is fun for a while. I crossed off most of the things on my 'must do' list, which fills me with a sense of accomplishment. I think it is the nasty darkness that makes me most hate the end of summer. I don't know how I survive the grey Oregon fall/winters before.

Fall is tomorrow, summer is today-enjoy today while we still have it.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Rainy Days and Lallapaloozers

As I write this I sit on a local bus en route to the office. Traditionally I take an express bus, but to get that bus I must walk three blocks...a nothing task on most days, but today the weather report calls for (and we are in the midst of) torrential rains and damaging winds. The local bus takes me to the same location, but the pick up point is about 20 metres from my front door. The trip is longer but the bus is empty and I am not drenched nor am I wind damaged.

Tonight D&MH arrive. They are spending a week with me. We are going to Lolloapalooza this weekend. I am excited to see Lady Gaga, Green Day and Sound Garden. We are also running a 5K race on Thursday.

I ran about 7-8K on Sunday with a friend who was doing the half marathon. It was pretty easy...well considering I joined the race after everyone else running had already been going at it for about 12K...I figure I can do 5K without much pain.

We aren't spending all day everyday at the show either...so we will be tracking down other things to fill the days. We are thinking about the track and playing the ponies. Arlington Park is such a beautiful space. We are definitely hitting. Kumas Corner for burgers (google it). It will be a fun and relaxing weekend.

The following weekend Mike and two of his friends and I will be going to Holland....Michigan. a friend has a house there and we figured a brief weekend out of town would be nice...plus it is the air and water show that weekend...an event that I cannot stand. So many hillbillys from Indiana watching planes fly and boats float (in amazement) really doesn't do it for me. I have actually seen these two things happen before...fascinating, I know.

Late summer and fall will find me traveling quite a bit. The trips I have book now are: YYZ, PDX, LIS, LGA, MCO, DEN, PSP and quite possibly TPA, and LAX. It doesn't look like I will be making my 50K mile threshhold this year...so sad.

My commute has taken 25 minutes so far and I am 6 blocks away...(30 blocks down now). Not too shabby considering all the variables in play.

Enjoy your day everyone...and be sure to listen to Lady Gaga, Green Day and Soundgarden and think of us...