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Signs of spring

April 4, 2011

Today, it finally happened. I had heard a robin the other day, but I did not see a robin until today. So, now the Cup and Cone is open, most of the snow is gone, a beard is gone, and now I have seen a robin. Spring has arrived.

Spring is approaching – from the North!

April 1, 2011


Demarcation line of snow on the South half of the backyard

Looking Northwesterly


The snow has melted on the North half of the backyard, but there is still a few inches on the South half. I put this forward as proof of global warming from the North Pole southward.

Although, there may be a completely different reason for this demarcation.

Decision time for the 5K is coming soon

March 18, 2011

BookIt 5k Walk/Run logoLast year I participated in my first 5K run/walk. I probably should have thought of it as a walk, but I got caught up in the moment when the race started and I tried to run too far and too fast at the beginning. Now it is time to decide if I will run (or walk) again, volunteer to help at the race, or just enjoy the day since we have a wedding to go to that day.

The run was a fundraiser for the Friends of the Ramsey County Public Libraries. It took place starting and ending in the parking lot of what was at that time the about to be re-opened renovated Roseville library.

The library as since re-opened and is busier than ever. They have also been given many awards for their design. The Friends are continuing to give great support to the entire library system.

Here are my results from last year.

  • Goal time: 45 minutes
  • Official time was 45:44.40, a pace of 14:43 per mile
  • Finished 61st out of 112 men & 8th out of the 13 Men 50 – 59

So, should I register to walk in the second annual BookIt 5K? I understand that the route will be similar to the one from last year. I think I better get training for this.

Back at school

January 18, 2011

Today is the first day of school for me … again! This is the start of my endeavor to continue my education in Human Factors. I was admitted into the program just last week, so the registration and orientation process has been, shall we say, almost non-existent. Ok, that is not fair. The Graduate School is the slowpoke on this process. Hopefully, I will be able to register for classes sometime this week.

Right now I have permission from the professors to sit in the classes until my registration is processed. So, today I sat in Psychology 5015 – Cognition, Computation, and Brain. Tomorrow is Industrial Engineering 4521 – Statistics, Quality, and Reliability. Looks like I will have to be thinking this semester.

Fitness room – completion

December 7, 2010


The pipe is installed for band workouts

The pipe is installed for band workouts


Yesterday, I spent some time driving a bunch of long screws into the wall. They hold the new pipe in place. The pipe gives me a place to loop my bands to allow for chest pulls and other types of exercises. I guess I didn’t do this right for pole dancing. I will have to go and do some research to see what I did wrong.

This completes this project. The room is ready to use (and has been used quite a bit already). Now, we just have to get the other bedroom cleaned out for the reading/guest room.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

December 1, 2010


Amazon packages under the tree

2-day shipping after Cyber Monday


The result of Cyber Monday shopping on Wednesday is packages to put under the tree! Although, there were as many the day before because we got a jump on Cyber Monday and shopped on the weekend.


Amazon packages just inside the door

Got a jump on the Cyber Monday shopping



Fitness room basically finished (late post)

November 26, 2010

Earlier this week, the fitness room project was complete, but with the Thanksgiving holiday prep the posting is a little delayed.

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The bike has gotten some use, the bands have as well. The mirror is a blessing and a curse. The clock has already been returned to Target. The minute hand kept refusing to go past the twelve. A clock that will run for less than an hour is useless. A new one arrives from Amazon today. Still to come, mounting a pipe on the wall to allow pulls with the bands and building the dumbbell rack.

To get better looking window coverings, we cheated. The mini-blinds in our bedroom were grey and a better match for the fitness room. The rose-colored blinds were actually a better match in our bedroom, so the swap was made. Both windows will be getting a new look in the not too distant future.