2017-12-30 3:35 PM
35 min in 48 degree water. Felt awesome. Great time hanging out after with my friends. We are much smarter after our swims! Came home and did some yoga abs and stretches.
> We are much smarter after our swims!
Glad you had fun!
2017-12-31 10:13 AM
We joke about things that are funny in the water and funny out of the water. Cold can do a number on the brain!
I went swimming yesterday but the water was a tad warmer than that. Swimmming is great though, so refreshing!
2017-12-31 10:14 AM
Did you swim outside?
I always swim outside, I like the fresh air and most pools here are outside anyway. The geothermal water makes all the difference. Running to and from the pool and between the hot pots is pretty cold though, especially when there's ice on the ground like now. And then there are people who actually swim in the ocean, even at this time of year.
There's a new year's swim tomorrow.
I think I would only swim in the ocean at this time of year if there were an accident of some kind; I certainly would not go in voluntarily.
I think Gunna's water temperature may actually be warmer than Reebs's. Gunna has the Gulf Stream. Reebs's water is coming straight from the Arctic.
That could be true, at least at certain times of the year. But apparently it's very close to freezing right now, it's been pretty cold here lately.
2018-01-02 10:38 AM
Our water temp is 9-10 C. So if yours is close to freezing it is a lot colder!
Yikes on the polar bear plunge, then.
That's cold! I'd not be able to withstand a minute, so quite impressed.
on being smarter after
2017-12-31 10:14 AM
You build up aclimitization over thime. We tell first timers 10 min.
Tired. I spent all morning working on doors, then spent three hours raking leaves. I do not enjoy raking leaves. At least the leaf-raking should (finally) be about done until next fall.
Random question: anyone have a dog collar they love? Dogger has a Chaco collar that is about worn out. She usually sleeps in my closet at night [She's a weirdo. She prefers to sleep there or beside the toilet.], but has a tendency to get up during the night and shake her head, thereby waking me up because her ID tag and rabies tag clank together. Now, it's good for her to have both pieces of information on her (even though she's microchipped) but I wonder if there's some kind of great collar with an ID tag on the collar itself so that she'd only need the single rabies tag (which would presumably be less noisy on its own). I've seen ones where you can get the dog's name and a telephone number embroidered on them, but I was thinking more along the lines of an engraved tag on the collar. Or maybe there's some other awesome options, so I'm open to suggestions.
Since when do you have a dog? What have I missed?
I was thinking the same thing!
She's not technically my
dog. Mom and A got her from the shelter about 4 years ago? I wasn't in town when they got her, so I was in no way involved, but I pay more attention to her than anyone else does. She's a black lab/Basset mix, it appears, so she basically looks like a lab with really short legs.
I don't know about a collar, but I keep my dog's license, name tag, and HomeAgain tag on a tiny, thin carabiner. Unsnap from the collar when you need quiet, snap it back on when you want noise or to take the dog outside.
That's a good thought! I usually want to know where the cats are so we leave the bell and tag jingling.
2017-12-30 8:29 PM
Just take a rubber band and wrap it around the tags. No more jangling.
They also make and sell tag silencers if you have trouble getting rubber bands to stay on.
We don't keep tags on the dogs because they get noisy. All have been microchipped and rabies info is kept at city when licensing is done. But I have seen tag wraps that are rubber and prevent the noise.
Thank you! This is exactly what I had in mind, without knowing what I really wanted.
2018-01-01 10:01 PM
Good point -- most jurisdictions make the rabies tag and license only as hang tags, don't they?
2018-01-01 1:01 PM
Can you drill a hole in the tags and rivet them directly to the collar? Some tags are small enough that you can do that without having them be wider than the collar itself. Big Sis and I did this with Rosa and Bear's collars and their ID tags.
2018-01-03 7:08 AM
Worked today but I think this is the first time that I can actually say I kind of enjoy working
With that said I accepted the job offer, now working on possible schedule options to propose. I finally feel like all the crap I dealt with, stress and anxiety about my previous job have been worth it to get me here and with this now position with a company that truly respects work/life balance and family.
Got in 5 miles on TM after work since it is -10 with =30 wind chill
So much for plans of skiing tomorrow.
Finally checking things off my to do list, booked a hotel for date night next weekend, DH bought me concert tickets for Christmas but show starts late and with the unpredictable winter we figured we would stay downtown rather than drive home late. Next on my list plan O's bday party, figure out where and get her to narrow down her list of 30 friends!
2017-12-30 8:30 PM
Congratulations on the new job!
Congrats on the new job! I hope it is indeed a good fit for you.
Congratulations on the job! I hope it is all you want, deserve, and expect.
Congrats on the new job!
2017-12-30 8:39 PM
Just saw this recipe on smitten kitchen for irish cream.
I want to make this so bad!
It is unfortunate that I am supposed to be alcohol free for the next week or so.
I've rarely gone wrong with SK recipes. Maybe save it for a celebratory no-longer-alcohol-free drink?
Agree with both parts of this.
Why alcohol-free? The weight-loss challenge with Roolet?
2017-12-30 9:26 PM
Yup. I think it only lasts until his next meet. I should check on that.
Not a great fan of Bailey's, but you go right ahead!
Whoa! Who knew it was so easy???
2018-01-01 1:50 PM
I know, right?
I got A to make a decision! Sort of.
I asked her what she thought of a tile that is only on sale through tomorrow and got her to agree that it looks good so I'm going to buy it before she has a chance to look for other options.
I wonder if she'll catch on if I take this approach with every single thing in the bathroom.
For anyone who is interested, this is the tile
, an accent tile to go with large format rectangular white tiles in the shower.
2017-12-30 9:05 PM
Hooray! And the tile looks good.
2017-12-31 10:15 AM
Pretty tile. And a better cost than hand painted!
ooh pretty tile. And yay on A making a decision!
2018-01-01 1:11 PM
I bet that approach will work with other things.
For the record, XH had little patience for similar decisions, and would drag his feet for anything involving reviewing lots and lots of options, so I would typically narrow stuff down to a couple of choices that I liked, and present him with 2-3 options and let him make the final choice. Or, as time went on, I just bypassed him entirely and said "this is what we are getting", and listen to him sputter until he saw what I had picked, at which point he generally was really pleased with it. He had a terrible time visualizing anything new, and I think he actually liked having someone else take over.
Yesterday I felt like a workout badass. I went to Bodypump, CX Works, and Yoga back to back at gym, then Gavin wanted to work out so we went to the stairs downtown and ran 10 sets and did some calisthenics after. Wasn't planning on that....
Sunday I will head out for about 5 later - perfect running weather in Tampa right now Y'all up north....cool and sunny and dry. The yoga place I go on Sunday isn't running a class today as usually its at 430 but everyone is closing at 3 today, like we start celebrating NYE at 4? WTF?
Tomorrow at least my gym is open most of the day. After then it will be nuts until the resolutioners go back to their couches. But normally I use the branch downtown at lunch and that crowd is usually very predictable. Definitely regulars not a lot of newbies
The gym for me is closed all day tomorrow and closing at 3pm today. I just don't understand. 3 classes, wow!
Wow, amazing workouts!
Wishing you a peaceful 2018.
You're right, it will be a crazy place for a little while.
Where are the stairs downtown? I've been to Tampa a few times and am trying to remember where stairs might be.
convention center. not like the santa monica stairs of course but they are ok. I prefer the ones at the high school stadium - spacing wise. But these can be fun if you run around the center there are different levels and heights of stairs.
Hmm, waiting around, getting some guests for dinner and a bit too early for the last prepping. It's been a beautiful but cold day. I've been thinking about what a good year 2017 has been, at least for me. Nothing special happened but nothing really bad either. My job, health, family and relationship with H have been really good this year. Can't ask for much more than that! Oh, and I met Tessa.
And I met Gunna!
I ran 14.8 this morning. It wasn't super fast, but I felt good considering how tired I was last night. That puts me at 1481.4 miles for the year.
Nice!! Great year total!
Maybe this year I'll keep a log again...
Nice! So you got 1% of your yearly mileage today? Good work.
Yeah for your annual mileage!
Outstanding yearly mileage!
Good work on the 14.8 miler.
I am currently "off duty" - DH and I split the weekend days (one person takes morning and first half nap the other takes second half nap and afternoon) to allow us to get some "me" time. works pretty well. I just cleaned the kitchen, folded laundry while watching "Gilmore girls," and finished the Sunday NYT crossword. About to do a target trip ( a short one... hahahaha) and then a TM run. If I have time, I'll squeeze in 30 min of yoga. Then we are off to a friend's house who has a 2.5 yo for NYE dinner. We'll see how long we all make it before passing out with our kids in front of the TV! They only live 10 min away, so getting there and home is easy.
Taking shifts like that is the only way DH and I survive our non-sleeper.
Oh you've got a no sleeper too?
That’s a really great system. “Me” time is important!
It probably won't work anymore once #2 (hopefully) comes along, but it's working for now.
I'm glad you and DH can make that work.
Today's run: 6.5 before WW. Rolling hills. I saw a number of other runners, had a nice chat with a guy with a big dog, and was glad my shirt was too big because I could pull the sleeves down over my hands. Good run to finish out the year.
Heading over to my mum's shortly for Sunday dinner. And champagne. We'll be back at a reasonable hour, not sure if I'm running with RN or solo tomorrow. But I rarely make it until midnight on New Year's Eve. It's midnight somewhere when I get to bed!
Happy New Year to all. May we have many runs in 2017, do a few races, meet a few virtual friends, and I hope some who have been strangers this year for various reasons will return to this forum!
I remember my parents hosting a NYE for DD and my niece and nephew. NYE was always 9 pm until the kids caught on that there were several NYEs-9 pm (grandparent's time) 11 am EST and 12 PM CST.
We should all be able to end the year whenever it works right?
Yes! And I am in PST so figure I can mutter "Happy New Year" at 9 pm because it's midnight on the East Coast.
And 10 pm
The great thing about the net is that it makes us think about different time zones and seasons all over the globe.
Happy new year! I remember that last year one of my goals was to post more here in 2017. I failed that one but here’s to a better 2018.
2018-01-01 1:15 PM
The gym is closed today, so I am going to do some upper body workout and a run here near the house. The cold is not so bad, but the wind can get fierce unless I run in the park, where the trees and hills provide some windbreak.
Took a SDO yesterday because T-bone and I have really been working out pretty hard while he is on vacation. My legs were trashed from running, Stairmaster, smiting drills, etc., and needed a break.
Valuable lesson learned... when dealing with construction that necessitates an exposed drain pipe & winter weather, the septic tank will produce heat and the house will produce heat. Thus, wrapping heating tape along PVC might be overkill. Especially when the contractor puts the thermostat for the heat tape outside
the insulation blanket.
Secondary lesson learned... PVC pipe will deform if heated sufficiently. Deformed PVC does not remain sealed by friction couplings.
Tertiary lesson... check the damn pipe every day
Guess who had a contractor at our house bright & early today?