The Daily EO: May 31st, 2012

This is the last time I have to write “May” – at least for another year.  My idea to purge my superstitious feelings about May is a good one, but I think that I will have to repeat and repeat many years over to truly eliminate my feelings about it.  But for a first effort, I am feeling that I did okay.

One of the Maintenance May items was continuing our work from Fit April.  And here are my results:

I am happy with the results – considering that I continued to enjoy life while eating right and exercising most of the time.  I am down 13 pounds since I started and I am happy with that.  But really pisses me off?  Emile’s results are what pisses me off:

Seriously?  He lost 30 pounds in 2 months.  No real hiccups – just a smooth transition.  Almost daily runs and some food denials, but nonetheless, he just dropped 30 pounds like it was nothing.  And if it was nothing, why didn’t he do it before?  Honestly, it seems unfair that men can fluctuate so easily.  He looks and feels great.  And if I don’t watch my back, he is going to overtake me – although he is going to start getting that gaunt look.  And both are just wrong.

We have a run next weekend that we are both hoping to again best our personal bests.  We’ll have to see.

 May 31st, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:   May in my rearview.

The Daily EO: May 29th, 2012

I’ve entered a period of time that I don’t feel like writing – I suppose you’ve noticed in my more sporadic – and brief – entries as of late.  There is so much going on in my head, a level of heightened anxiety that I don’t want to examine in depth now.  That doesn’t mean I want to stop writing The Daily EO – it’s just I want you to know that sometimes they don’t come easy.  I guess that is when I need to push through and remember why I write this in the first place.

Breaking News: As I write this, our cat Beavis caught and killed a mouse.  Outside, not in our house.  He’s feeling pretty smug, but he still expects his regular food – no raw, stringy mouse meat for him.

Today’s EO. . .  Today’s EO. . .  Um…..

Okay . . . back from surfing the internet. . . .  Um. . .

It doesn’t help having Emile watching Penn & Teller’s BullShit in the background.

Okay. . . focus.. .  .

You know what it was?  The small order of french fries from Wendy’s – fresh and salty.  Oh, so salty.  So crunchy, so fatty.

Damn it.  Now I have to run with the mosquitos.

May 29th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  French Fries so good they overshadowed by the junior burger.

Maintenance May Day 29:
SMALL fries and JUNIOR burger (body, wallet)

The Daily EO: May 28th, 2012

I have a thing about things that are liquid – I don’t see how they can possibly be used up.  Ok, ok, intellectually I understand the concept of volume and space, but it doesn’t seem right.  My first real experience with this was cans of cone dip when I was a cone dipper at Dairy Queen at 14.  We would open these huge cans of cone dip (which is 1/2 wax people, how do you think they get the dip to harden so shiny and hard?), and we would dip, dip and dip, until we got to about 1/2 an inch deeper than a large cone.  Then, we would have to refill it (if I have to explain why to you, please think it through).  I always found myself amazed that the act of dipping cones over and over again actually consumed the liquid.

Same thing with soup.  If you serve me soup that has chunks in it – it is a satisfying and hearty lunch.  If you take that same soup and use a stick blender on it, I will think I am having a light lunch that will allow for extra calories later that afternoon.  Liquids don’t really need processing by the body and therefore don’t count as food.

This “liquid peculiarity” of mine was felt keenly as I finished a gallon of white paint this morning.  I actually painted so much that I came to the bottom of full can of paint.  Due to my mindset, I think that is a massive amount of painting.  Now, if you consider the number of cans of paint used to paint the outside of the house, it is nothing really – but my heart is telling me different.  It is saying that if I used that much liquid, it was a painting filibuster.  Epics will be written of this day.

May 28th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Truly believing something rather ordinary is extra-ordinary.

Maintenance May Day 28:
Sent Thank You Note to founder and organizer of Spin the Lake (connection)


The Daily EO: May 27th, 2012

If you need the will to run (or to keep running), try running in May in Muskoka 8:30 pm at night on a rural road.

May 27th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Running the furthest and fastest I’ve ever done to save my blood for me instead of the blood suckers who live in the forest awaiting sundown.

Maintenance May Day 27:
Signed up for a CSA share even though I have no idea what or where will be happening this summer.

The Daily EO: May 26th, 2012

I volunteered today for pre-registeration for the Annual Spin the Lakes bicycle ride here in Muskoka.  It’s a pretty low-key event – but does keep growing each year with about 400 cyclists taking part this year.  The routes are 170km, 110km, 50km, and 20km (for families) – and they take you around the lakes of Muskoka.  Such a gorgeous route – highly recommend it to anyone who loves to cycle.

The ride is $50 and that gets you support vehicles, water stations (fully equipped with bananas, granola bars and cookies), door prizes, and a luncheon.  If you want a technical tee, it is $35 more and a jersey is $65 more.  (or you can volunteer and get yourself a tee for free!).  It is not a timed event so there are no chips, or bibs or anything like that.  So, the registration is basically this:  Fill out your waiver form, get your door prize ticket, get a copy of the route map, your wristband and ask all the questions you could possible want.

I spent five hours at the registration desk and probably registered about 75 people.  Everyone jammed the registration table the day of the ride, but, you can’t make people plan ahead (I know, I’ve tried).    Anyways, each of the distances started at different times so the riders would arrive back generally about the same time (ie, 170km at 8 am, 110km at 9:30 am, etc).

These were the most popular questions I had to answer:

Is it going to rain?
Do I have to start at my start time?  ie, My friend is doing the 170km, and I want to start at the same time.  Is that okay?
Do I have to wear this wrist band?
Oh, there is a lunch included?

Fair enough about the rain – thunderstorms were predicted, so I could answer that (good news, the forecast was wrong and it was the perfect day for cycling).  But um, you just paid $50 to be here.  If you don’t leave with the rest of your group, there will be no support vehicles for you and the water stations may not yet be set-up.   If you don’t wear your wristband, the water stations, restaurant, and support vehicles will not know you are a participant.  You paid $50 without understanding what was included in your price?  Yes, lunch is included.

If you don’t like the start time, or the wrist band or the rules and didn’t care about the lunch, what are you doing here? Why don’t you just pick a convenient weekend, head to Muskoka, pack a lunch, hit the road and do a ride on your own?  Save your $50.  Yes, no support vehicles, but you are willing to forego that anyways by trying to leave at your own time.  People!

Spin the Lakes is an exceptional event and I was proud to help support it.  If you are a cyclist, check out the 2013 event – yes, lunch is included!

May 26th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Confounded by the illogical.

Maintenance May Day 26:
Up at 7:30 am – OMG! – to drive to Gravenhurst to make 45 fresh spring rolls for a Vegan Catering Event.  (friendship/connection)



The Daily EO: May 25th, 2012

Today I signed up for a website called Run Hundred.   Every couple of days, I get an e-mail from them to tell me about new songs added to their site that are available for voting on.  40,000 people then listen to the songs and indicate whether they would work out to the songs.  There is a top ten of the month, top ten of all time, top ten work-out collections, etc.

To me, music is essential for working out.  My favorites right are Hello! (Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette) and We Speak No Americano (Yolanda Be Cool and DCup).  I hear those two songs, my feet want to start running.  I have about 55 songs on my workout mix now and I have probably heard each of then about 20+ times or so.  I am okay with that – because every time I hear one it signals to my brain that it is time to start exercising.  But honestly, sometimes I feel like I’m in Grade 9 listening to Richard Marx.  I’m hoping Run Hundred will help me keep my mix fresh.  I especially like running with my iPod as it focuses me on me – the running, the exercise.   It is not about anyone else but me.  Pass me, or I pass you, this is about and for me, not anyone else.

When I attended UVic in the mid 90s, I attended a seminar on how to use e-mail – because frankly I had never used e-mail before.  It was before spam, before blogs, before social networks, before the internet changed things.  I am approaching middle age, I guess – and there are children now don’t know what a World Book Encyclopedia Set is.  I still use the books – that my mom hasn’t recycled yet – to settle discussions when I return home.  But I wouldn’t suggest looking up cell phones, Russia, Geothermal Energy, American Idol, George Bernard Shaw or blogging.

I am not lamenting the old or the new.  Just amazing what we can do now, that just 20 years ago hadn’t even been conceived of.

Now, I can a summary of 40,000 people’s opinions on workout music delivered directly to my e-mail in-box.  If I like any of the songs, I can click (Amazon, iTunes, or Emusic) and have it delivered to my iPod and be running with it in 2 minutes.  My god.  Remember the Columbia House CD Club?  We thought that was pretty sophisticated.

May 25th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  A wish that the world’s children could experience both the convenience of the new and the romance of the old.

Maintenance May Day 25:
Made Beet Brownies.  Ate 6 Beet Brownies.  Beets or not, still pretty calorically dense.  (soul).

The Daily EO: May 24th, 2012

I’m a list maker.  I make lists for everything – what needs to be done, what needs to be purchased, when all of this has to happen, etc.  I usually have about 4 or 5 lists floating around on my desk.  Most of which are half done and then I eventually consolidate them into a new list.   I love my life being clearly defined and it is so satisfying when you check something off the list.   (note – in my list vernacular,  I check off completed items and cross out items no longer needed to be completed.  Just so you know).  When working, I usually have a running list that would take 5 days of straight work to complete.  It keeps me focused.

Today’s list was extensive:

Paint Cabinets
Make Grocery List (this is my favorite – a task on my list to make a list)
Wash Car
Strip Beds
Return Old Navy Items
Drop off Mail
Blog Entry
Pick Up Asparagus
Food Prep:
Make Spring Roll Dip
Make Vegan Rice Crispy Squares
Entry mat
White Frame

May 24th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Getting everything on my list completed.  Really, I did! (even the ironing).

Maintenance May Day 24:
Got a call from my grandma who received the printed copy of this blog.  Explained the difference between Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, blogs and letters in a long, twisty conversation.  So glad I sent it to her – she was so happy to read it and wants me to keep mailing to her.  (Family)  That really isn’t something I did, but it made my day, and so I am counting it.