Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
~Swami Vivekananda

Monday, February 25, 2013

Plumbing Lesson

Yesterday I had a lesson in plumbing...  that it takes twice as long and is twice as difficult as I think it should be.  My sink was not draining, you know how that is, all the gunk that we use on a daily basis eventually clogs the sink.  Doodle offered to help, but I insisted that I could clean it, after all, it is my gunk!

All was going well, I had removed the trap, water was draining into the bucket, the pipes were getting cleaned, I had successfully avoided throwing up AND THEN

I broke the pipe!  Who knew I had such super human strength!

When pulling a towel through the pipes to get the last of the buildup I did not pull down but rather toward me and the pipe broke.  I just looked at Doodle and said "OOPS".  That meant that Doodle had to load into the car, drive to our local big box home store to purchase items for replacing the drain assembly.  Two hours later, I had my sink back.

The moral of the story... let Doodle clean the drains!  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
~Winston Churchill

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Is Doodle running in his jammies????
Utterly spent, just wanting to finish!

We did it!  Doodle and I "ran" - I use that term loosely our first 5k on Saturday.  We have been working our way toward a marathon later this year or early next year and we accomplished our first goal.

Saturday dawned cold and grey, in fact, they were calling for snow flurries.  We put on our new long sleeve shirts that we got when we signed up for the race, long johns, sweats, grabbed a quick bit to eat, downed a cup of coffee, and were out the door!  We arrived a bit early; since we had no idea what to expect and watched the "real" runners warm up. Talk about intimidation, these people were serious!

Soon it was time to line up, gun goes off and wait we are not moving, the waves of people before us were to great!  Finally, we were off.  Doodle pulled ahead and remained there the entire 3.2 miles.  The first mile or so was all down hill and we sped along at a great clip, of course, that means the last mile or so was uphill, needless to say, I walked some.  As we got closer to the park, you could hear people cheering and to be honest, I put on a burst of energy, rounded the corner and looked at the time clock - 29:33

OMG - I am under 30 minutes, I am doing great!

Then, I realize you have to lap the park before you cross the finish line, goodness, another .5 miles to go, DEFLATION!

Doodle finished in 33:12 and my goal was to finish in under 40 minutes, my time was 35:18 = success.

10k here we come.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day.  When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.
~ Unknown