Saturday, May 24, 2008

Bits and Pieces

Well folks, this is what it's going to be tonight: bits and pieces of my life from today. Riveting, I'm sure (to say the least). But as I'm an introvert with no inclination towards the glitzy and glamorous lifestyle a la overpaid celebreties, this is "as good as it's gonna get."

Random smatterings from my day:

-The House Monster has taken over the ugly brown couch. As long as there's a pile of laundry (waiting to be folded, no doubt), she's there.

-I completed my FIRST BRICK (2.25 trainer ride + 60 min water run) workout post crash. Logistically just a tad more challenging than the normal bike and run. In my case, the trainer beckoned followed up by the water running belt at the UWF Aquatic Center. So dedicated to my transition time I was, that I didn't bother throwing on a suit. I simply ran in biking shorts and a sports bra. Now THAT is dedication!

-This morning Nathaniel told me that, "It's a well known fact that one guy will tell another guy that the best way to see what his future wife is like is to see what she gets like when she's hungry." After my near melt-down last night when I got off the bike around 8:15 and our favorite Sushi haunt was booked solid until just after 9, the Marit Monster in me emerged. Simply put: I am not a happy camper when I'm hungry. But for some reason, Nathaniel married me in spite of my interesting behavior when I'm on the prowl for food.

(Note to self: there should be an emergency bag of Peanut M&Ms hidden in the car on occasions such as these! Then again, if I knew they were there, they wouldn't stand a chance any way)

-Thunderstorms are rapidly becoming more and more present in the Panhandle this time of year. Yesterday we were in for a treat: I had the pleasure of watching lighning snake across the sky from the (relative) safety of my bike trainer. In spite of the power flickering, I remained intent on the workout. Jen would have been proud!

-My uterus is up for grabs. Its that time of the month. And it doesen't matter if Nathaniel brings home a small container of fat free frozen yogurt (chocolate!) or the big container of fat free frozen yogurt (chocolate!). It becomes one of the staples. And has now disappeared completely. Oops.

- After spending more and more time on the bike, my saddle sores are returning. Too much information, I know. But at least I don't have Chris W. walking in on me while I'm applying lotion to my nether-regions - like I did to him in California. (Chris and Liz were in the bathroom, and Chris's hands were down his bike shorts (doing gosh-knows-what. He claims he was applying chamois cream). I walked in and walked out immediateley. I'm not sure who was more embarassed: Chirs or myself. Liz and Sherpa Thomas could NOT stop laughing, though. And now, looking back, I have to admit it was pretty funny.

-After going without a Diet Cherry Coke for an unspecific number of days, that first sip tastes fantastic. Not that I need it. But boy - it does taste great.

-No matter how many times I've watched "Fawlty Towers" (in my opinion, the greatest British Comedy ever produced), I still find the episodes hilarious. John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and Conne Booth (main actors, I believe) are brilliant. AND funny.

-Making your Significant Other a ham and egg breakfast sandwitch AND coffee makes your own breakfast taste all the better. And you score extra points during the day.

-I'm only 98 pages into my 1014 page Novel. I think I've got a l-o-n-g way to go.

-The cell phone has yet to be replaced. For those few trying to contact me, please accept my sincerest apologies. I have a feeling I'll be getting a new one tomorrow. I always thought I would replace the battery before I replaced the phone. Oh well. The first phone I had got washed, and this one simply got, er, crushed. I think that three times will be the charm.

-Doing insurance paperwork for my accident brought back some flashbacks that I haven't thought about for a long time. And while they weren't great, it WAS good to deal with them. I don't want to bury the past: I want to remember it and grow stronger because of it. And I'm proud of the job that I'm doing thus far. Sometimes the flashbacks will take me by a bit of a surprise, though.

-I noticed that there was a photograph that was slightly crooked in the house and HAD to fix it. Am I the only one with OCD who does this at times?

- Tomorrow I'll be spectating and cheering athletes on at the Local 3 mile Bridge Swim and Aquathon. You had bet your bottom dollar that I did EVERYTHING in my power to be allowed to participate. But alas, I wasn't given the green light. Something about the potential for choppy water and such. Humph. But I understand - when I'm finally unleashed, well, that WILL be interesting...

And now, my House MOnster is giving me a look. Either she 1) Wants the computer to herself (unlikely) 2) Wants to sit in my lap 3) Wants the ugly green recliner to herself or 4) Wants to sit on my lap while I'm sitting on the Ugly Green Reliner.

No thanks to that one - I'm off to bed. Well, first I'll grab a caffiene free diet cherry coke and my book. I may even crack 100 pages before I fall asleep. Then again, you never know.


Steve Stenzel said...

Yeah for Bricks!! Well done!!

And good luck with I've never said that before. It was weird.

Eileen Swanson said...

Way to go on your first brick staying in your bike shorts and sports bra is some serious dedication! Nice going there ;-) HA!

Keep up the great work! Oh and I love to read about the house monster. Too FUNNY!


E.L.F. said...

Hey, the other day Sherpa Thomas sent me this big manifesto coded as "Race Report" on why he is quitting triathlon. I think it's time for an intervention.

Bruce Stewart said...

Thanks, Marit, for introducing me to the Countdown (or up!) widget application. I have now put one on my site. It will encourage me (I hope) to train harder. (I'm Bree's friend by the way).

Bruce Stewart said...

Thanks for the comment. I am really a triathlete, but I had to drop out of the Ironman in 2006 because of a hurting knee during the run. While I have done other (shorter) races since, I realize that injury prevention is extremely important, and swimming is probably the kindest exercise for us provided that we warm up well. I wish you well on your road to full recovery.

Mark said...

keep it up
just found the blog today
am just working my way through it
happy training from the uk

Greg Remaly said...

umm, Courtenay is a NIGHTMARE when she's hungry - don't even THINK of asking her to do anything before breakfast. So is that not good?

anyway, our not-so-little House Mouse (poor timid kitty) says hello to the House Monster.

I hope the leg test goes well and you're up and running soon! water-running is certainly not a mental substitute for real running.

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