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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Once in a while. . .

amazing things happen!
Anyone who knows our Oscar dog will agree that this is pretty amazing!
While he is a gentle, lovable pup around the people variety,
putting him with anything with four legs is. . .

. . . well, an ENTIRELY different story


The Genius’s friend came to visit and brought Cache with him. . . 

and. . .

. . . Oscar didn’t eat him! 

having a rough puppyhood, being attacked twice by our neighbors german shepherd, he was also attacked by a mean ol tom cat too, he has the evidence of a 1/2" slice in his ear as a reminder of that fateful day.

Anyway, as a result, our little Oscar Dog became what they call "canine aggressive"

But he is actually a wimp and afraid of everything,. . . he simply makes it well known that he is not pleased with the presence of any 4-legged critter and does he fine job of making that fact very plain and obvious.

He tried to eat a Saint Bernard once, and was almost eaten for lunch, literally
it was a bad day for everyone
anyway. . .

today, he actually co-existed in the same room with a canine pal 

well, I’m not sure if they were exactly “pals” but they did okay.  You can tell that neither dog is entirely at ease with the situation, but they are warming to the idea. . . 

we think. . . 

The genius said it took a bit of effort to get Oscar dog to realize that it was okay, and Doggy Cache wasn’t going to eat him, and in turn, Oscar didn’t need to eat Cache.   In the end they both survived the process of introduction, and then spent the next couple of hours roaming the house together.
Only time will tell what the future holds. . . 

Amazing things can happen everyday!


thanks for visiting. . . 

have a great week!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The stars have lined up against me. . .

Some weeks are just like that. . .

not so great

This one was filled with long work days, difficult people, bad news, and unfortunate realities.

this was one highlight though. . .


At work we had this come in as a donation. . . totally made my day, summed up my job quite nicely, but . . .  the best part? 

It made me laugh!   

The timing was perfect for my week.

So at this point you may be asking what made it such a rough week?
  • It ended up being a long 54 hr. work week
  • my van is sporting a brand new radiator
  • I have a new and improved filling in my tooth
  • A couple of weeks ago my trainer broke down and I took it in to be repaired.  Contender Bicycles gave me one of theirs to use while I didn’t have mine.  Anyway they called saying my Trainer is back.  The price tag for the repair: $365.00 (including $40 shipping).   The trainer people didn't call to forewarn of the cost they just fixed it and shipped it   
. . .apparently it had a bad circuit board
. . .  I've also been putting off getting new tires for the van since December, but the inspection is due this month and therefore I cannot put it off any longer,

and. . .  I think I need brakes too.  

All this added up translates to: 

I will not be able to get a power meter on my bike this spring.  

(A power meter measures -- in watts -- how much force you are putting into the pedals to move your bike forward.)

kind of pricey . . . but. . . crazy-cool amazing technology!  

Something that I have been saving for, talking about, and wanting since July of last year!  

So this is kind of a depressing reality that it’s not happening for me right now.

I'm trying not to be discouraged, and keep reminding myself that I've ridden for 5 years without it, so one more season is completely doable, not to mention all the peeps that STILL don't have power, and they do fine. . .  my little pep talk is sort of working. . . 

The musician had no sympathy at all.  He just reminded me that if I hadn’t have been saving all this time, then I wouldn’t have the funds to do the things that now NEEDED to be done. 

I told him to be quiet.

I didn’t like it. . . I would have just walked everywhere like I did last year. . . 

. . . humph!

I simply didn’t appreciate that he was trying to help me see the blessing mingled between a major disappointment.

and it snowed. . . 

. . . I thought spring was coming!?!?!?

Friday is the day the van decided to break down, and just sort of put me over the edge, I had, had it!  I skipped my workout for the day. . .

. . .  it wasn't difficult to rationalize that it was my "easy" day anyway.

Saturday finished my work week with an 11 hour day.  By the time I was home I simply didn't want to get on the bike, but kept hearing coaches words of advice about this particular workout:  they are called SFR’s:

". . . if you are inclined to miss a workout, this is not the one to miss."
As this sentence reverberated in my mind, knowing I already skipped Friday’s training session, even though it was an easy day,   I gathered what energy I had left, and completed Saturday’s workout.  It was hard and I almost didn't make it through the SFR sets, particularly toward the end they were a little weak, but I gave it my all.

but even better that I completed the entire 1 hr 44 minute ride

In conclusion I was very glad I chose to do it. . . the workout

cleared my head, 

eased my frustrations, 

and somehow I felt better about life.

Then the genius had been in the kitchen again
He is an amazing cook, in some ways even better than I

But he makes a HUGE mess when he cooks and left me this to clean up:


Yup. . . this is all from one session of macaroni and cheese!

. . . and I thought I was a messy cook!

thanks for listening. . .

have a great week!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

When should I say enough?. . .

I have been working hard this past couple of months!

I changed the background to da blog to look more Februaryish. . . it's been the same for too long and was calling for a change of scenery.  I need to change the picture too. . . but it will have to be happy for a bit longer. . . I don't have a pic on hand that will work there.

Next, I am preparing to teach a Pasta class at Kitchen Kneads the 1st of March. . . I have zeroed in on the recipes and as typical for me they have been tested, tried, and now are  ready to by typed up for the class.

I’m also getting ready for another Kitchen Kneads class in May. . . this one is for some of our picnic favorites.  I’ve been excited to do this class for a while and will be using some of our already tried and true recipes like “Smore’s without the fire” and other favorites.  So I’m not too worried about this class other than it lands right as my training will really kick off.  I have an early spring ride and a century planned before the picnic class, and one the weekend after!

I hope it all works out okay . . .

I have enlisted the help of a cycling coach and there are days that I am confident he is trying to kill me, but I’m obviously still alive to write another post on da blog!  With each workout it is my objective to do them completely as written and recommended, thus far my legs have cooperated, and I’ve only missed a couple of sessions.  Finding a coach has been one of the best things I have done, it has kept me focused, motivated, and given structure to my training.

Right now I am only logging approximately 6-8 hours a week, and slowly ramping up
but workouts have been intense and time adds up fast! 

Since December I have logged 56 hours on my trainer totaling 1076 miles!

I feel like I’ve regained what fitness I lost from surgery in October, except the weight. . . 

. . .Ugh

that’s the most depressing part. . .

but I’m working on that part too. . .

. . . It's happening . . .  just not fast enough

Why is it that gaining weight is sooooo much easier than getting it back off ? ? ? ? ?

I have also registered for most all of the events that I plan on participating in this summer.  I’m confident that there will be a couple of random events pop up here and there, but my event schedule is pretty much in place now.

With all of these things. . .

while maintaining da blog and my job

. . . I call that working hard!

I complain to coach daily and the genius gets a good dose fairly regularly too. . . he is here, so he hears the first vocalization of how tired me legs are at the end of some of my training sessions, coach mainly gets e-mails.

So with fear and trepidation, I am excited for a successful season this year.

. . . I think that's what they call an oxymoron.

I truly want to improve my LOTOJA time this year and that will take some hard work and dedication.  It's hard to tell much about my progress until I get back out on the open roads, 

hopefully in March. . .

. . . the weather will determine the outcome of exactly when

I have to admit I’m curious to see if all this work will pay off, but I am certain,

(Source: pinterest.com via Maxine on Pinterest)

Angela posted this on facebook and it applies to me too. . . 

                                           she said it for both of us. . . 

. . . and I’m definitely in!

. . . I am going to trust that it will be worth it.

With so much time on the trainer I decided to build a floor and mount the trainer onto the little floor

Here is a little view of my latest project, 

. . . and yup I’m kinda jazzed about it. . .


I found some flooring at our local Thrift Store, known as D.I.
What a deal. . . only $4.00


went to Lowe’s, the local lumber/hardware store, and picked up some wafer board

~ ~ ~ had it cut to size


began collecting an assortment of necessary items, glue, screws, nails, feet, etc. . . the feet came from industrial rounders that were being discarded. . . score!

Cost: free

then I didn’t quite know where to go from there, so I asked a co-worker, sort of known as our in-house encyclopedia. . . he knows about so many things. . .

he turned out to be soooo helpful, and kind of took over my little weekend project, which in the end I was ever so grateful for


we, well okay. . . HE . . .  glued the boards together

anchored them with screws until the glue dried

then removed the screws


drilled holes, and attached the part for the feet
(I don’t remember what these little gizmos are called)

At work they razzed me and told me I was such a girl!  the guys said they would have just used the plywood. . . My reply. . . you can't mop up sweat off of plywood!

. . . how could they disagree with that argument?

I Win that one!

and then he got stumped on how to attach the flooring.   So he called his brother-in-law, who is a building contractor.  the brother-in-law came and picked all the pieces up, took them away and a couple of day’s later, came back with the completed product!

So what began as a simple question turned into a major project for the two of them. . .
I hope they know how much I appreciate their help!

I was so excited. . . It was like Christmas in February!

. . . I brought my new floor home


screwed in the feet


drilled holes to attach the trainer


bolted the trainer onto the new floor

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attached my psychologist, also known as Florence, or some would just call it a bicycle. . .

and I was off and riding!. . .

in front of a fan and a computer

in a climate controlled environment, 

on a floor that can be mopped and cleaned!



Before this amazing improvement project, I was just on an old, faded, dolphin towel. . . 

sort of sloppy and not very pretty. . . and this scene was straightened for the picture!  

But it was better than sweating all over the carpet!

It’s apparent that the improvement was worth it. 
All in all this little project cost me a little over $20.00

not bad I say.  

the only drawback is. . . 

now I have to be careful not to stub my toe!

So for now, I think I have enough going on!

As always, thanks for stopping in to read. . . have a great week!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

A New Project. . .

I tend to get myself in trouble and begin things that I’m not sure I have the time for.  I have several of those laying around. . . and this may very well be one of those.

My friend Erin, who got married last week,

yes, the same one I made all the cookies for, came to work and was talking about how she was removing wallpaper from a couple of rooms in her house getting it ready to sell. . .
Wallpaper, what a pain to remove!

I vividly remember the daughter doing the same thing to her room. . .

but she wasn’t selling her room, she just wanted to give her room a facelift.  

I’ve been wanting to do the kitchen for a couple of years now, but was. . . 

well. . . simply. . . dreading the project.

okay. . . you probably get the idea I didn’t want to begin the messy project. . .

so I will go on with the story. . .

Anyway, Erin said it wasn’t so bad because her sister loaned her a steamer and the wallpaper was just coming right off.  Erin’s problem was that someone before her had painted over wall paper in one of the bedrooms, but the steamer had become her lifesaver.

My brain went into immediate action, remembering that I wanted to remove wallpaper. .  and of course I was all about making the project painless. . . so I asked Erin if her sister would mind if I borrowed the steamer too.  She obviously said yes because now I had approximately two weeks to get my wallpaper off before Erin’s Wedding, and she would be moving away to another state and I wouldn’t know how to get the steamer returned. . .

Sweet. . . A deadline

. . . I love deadlines!

It took a couple of days to get the courage to begin, 

because I knew once the project was started. . .

there was no turning back!  Cautiously one day I loaded up the steamer with water turned it on just to see how it worked. . .

at last my project had begun. . .

only to be interrupted by a flooding basement that the genius and I quickly resolved.  

I went downstairs to get a few supplies for my newly begun wallpaper project only to find a river forming in our storage room!

It is not normal, nor is it a good thing to have a river forming there.


Come to discover, the raingutter had filled up with leaves and debris causing all the rain to not drain but overflow right over onto the patio and puddle into the the window, which wasn’t sealed very well.  The genius called “the friend” (who has greater knowledge than either myself or the genius on how to go about correcting such a problem) and within a few hours later we were drying out.


Thank you “friend” for saving us!

oh the hazards of living in an older home with windows placed at ground level right off the patio like this.

Now back to the wallpaper. . . .


in the end the steamer was AMAZING. . . I was kind of glad the daughter didn’t see how easy it was or she would have been pretty jealous wishing she would have had such a great little device to remove her own wallpaper!


steam. . .

                                                       and on it went. . .


                                        scrape & peel

repeated for quite some amount of hours. . . I didn't keep track

but all in all, not to bad of a project. . . 

except. . .

that I don’t know what I was thinking with this color that was underneath my wall paper!
I was into pastels at that time. . . 

about 12 years ago. . . that seems sooooo long ago!

as the genius said, “what an ugly color”

the part he didn’t know. . .  I worked hard for that color. . 

in fact I had my paint re-tinted three or four times to achieve just the perfect peach color. . .

poor Martha at the paint store. . . 

Martha, the master of color. . . 

an amazingly patient woman! She always made me feel like my projects were among the best out there. . .

I love Martha!


One wall completed


Now that my wallpaper from the kitchen is in little shreds in these bags which have been deposited into the big blue garbage truck and are resting in the local landfill. . . .


my walls are barren. . . 

remember how I love deadlines?  

I finished this project at 1:30 am of the morning of the wedding!

I had to be there at 9:30

I was tired. . . but. . . 

I had completed removing all the wallpaper I needed to, so I was happy

Now, I need to paint. . . this will need to be done before the end of March when I take Florence (my bicycle)outside and the training schedule picks up using even more time than it already does.

. . . oooohh, goodie, another self inflicted deadline!

I am sure I will let you all know when I finally get to this part of the project!

I have the color already picked out. . .

the same color as the livingroom and the ceiling in the bathroom. . . 

so that part will be easy. . .

I think. . . 

                                                            I hope. . .