Wednesday, July 30, 2008

tournament of champions

Oh how I love the Jeopardy tournament of champions. I know that makes me a certified geek...but I do research for a living, so I think we all knew I was a geek already.

You know what pairs well with the Tournament of Champions? Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvingon Blanc. Yes, a little more pricey than most of the wine I drink, but absolutely worth it.

(And you know how exciting it is when there are categories about Canada- yesterday one of the categories was Anagramed Canadian Provinces....)

And now back to your regularly scheduled internet browsing.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


Yup, I'm a neglectful blogger. I guess I've just felt like I haven't had much to say in July.

The summer work hours that my company is doing are both a blessing and a curse. We are closed on Friday afternoons, but have to make up the time during the rest of the week. On one hand, it is nice to go home at lunch every Friday, on the other, I feel so constrained by making sure I get there early and leave late and make sure that no one things I'm not putting in my extra time. It just doesn't feel worth it for a half a day. Maybe if I got every second Friday off it would feel better...or maybe if I could make the time up during the winter so that the summer felt a little more flexible. Regardless, this system isn't my favourite, but I'll take it.

It has been a pretty rainy July...we've actually had some pretty crazy storms, which are fun to watch as long as it is through the safety of a window and you're not caught in it. I've been caught in a few, but mostly have been safe from the soaking.

Because it has been rainy, the heat hasn't been horrible. The humidity? Pretty bad, but because the sun hasn't been out quite as much, the temperatures haven't been miserable. This has meant that running this summer hasn't been as awful as I anticipated it would be. I was avoiding thinking about a fall race in the spring because I wasn't too sure about training all summer in the heat. But, I was convinced by Matt and Heather that I should run with them in Toronto. So it hasn't been a horrible prep so far. But, there is still a lot of summer left, so it is possible that I'll still have the chance to regret that decision. And it is also a possibility that at kilometer 20 of the race, I will be cursing that sister of mine. I suppose, however, that it would only be fair because I'm sure she's done her share of cursing me since the other two races we've done have been my idea.

In other news, I am eagerly anticipating August 8th and the start of the Olympics. I love them. There is just something about watching people give everything they have the makes for great watching (in my opinion). Track, swimming, gymnastics, diving, cycling, rowing, heck- even shooting is more exciting when the Olympic rings are involved. So don't be surprised if this suddenly becomes the Olympic blog come August.

Another fun event? Can't wait to watch the Red Bull Flugtag next weekend. It looks absolutely ridiculous...I'll try to take some pictures.

Sorry I'm not a little more interesting, but there's an update for you.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

old but new to me

This site and this challenge happened awhile ago, but the documentary is about to be released, and it is new to me, so I thought I'd post it.

In 2006, Dean Karnazes (his website here) decided to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. One of his goals was to raise money for a kids fund that tries to promote physical activity. One of their mottos is "No child left inside". (kind of cute) Sounds like a worthy cause to me.

Anyway, it is getting a bit more attention due to the release of the documentary, and I find it pretty interesting. I've never read his books, but some of the stuff I've heard is that he is full of himself. I took a look at his blog (he blogged the 50-50-50 challenge) and unless it is all show, he seems like a pretty cool guy to me. (especially if you read this post)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

almost old

Well, I'm now 28. I think that puts me at almost being old right? I definitely don't feel like I'm old, in fact, I'm surprised I'm as responsible as I am. I have a pension plan, an RRSP, an investment account...I'm practically an adult. Sure, I don't have a car or a house...but that also means pretty much no debt. THAT'S when I'll become a real adult: when I owe the bank more than I make in a year (or two years, or three years).

Anyway, this is really just a pointless post to get that MAD tv post off the top. But, it is a beautiful weekend here in Ottawa (though it might get a little too hot at some points), so I'm just going to enjoy some time out and about. Weird to think that July is almost half over!

Friday, July 04, 2008

go kirsten!

As I write this, there is 1 day, 13 hours and 30 ish minutes until the start of the Calgary marathon and half-marathon. I happen to know at least two people running it. So go on over and wish Kirsten good luck. It is her first half-marathon and she has been working really hard. Oh yeah, and she had a baby NINE MONTHS AGO! Oh and one more thing, he was her THIRD. Yeah, that's right, she stays home to wrangle her three kids (who are 4, 2 and 9 months) and still has the energy to train for a half marathon. I have been in the same room with my niece and two nephews and those kids of hers have a lot of energy- I would have a hard time just getting out of bed.

Oh, and her husband works full time (and some strange hours sometimes), doesn't like running, but is going to be running right along beside her in case she needs a little extra motivation. Who does that? Chris...that's who.

On Sunday I will be hoping for cloud cover, reasonable temperatures, well-stocked water stations, light feet, clear heads, pain-free knees, no blisters, and happy Lobbsters. We are proud of you both! Go get 'em- and run like you stole something.

a retraction

I suppose I now have to retract at least half of my complaints about the laundry room etiquette of those living in my building. When Jordan went to get his stuff out of the dryer, someone had taken his stuff out (to put their own in) and folded his shirts and shorts.

I think I'll leave them a note asking them to fold mine as well.