"...In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or
brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not."

~ Anonymous
(taken from Matt Erbele's, It Takes Time to Get Good)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dear God, she has a training calendar!

Yep, I just finished entering my workouts for the next 2 weeks into a training calendar for LA Run buddy and I. This is the first time I have done this since back when I actually was training.

We have been running a little and biking a little and swimming...err... not at all. My coach even told me not to worry about it yet. Hey, she is the professional, so I will put the thoughts of endless, fucking humiliating, masters workouts and terrifying open water swims out of my head and go merrily along running and biking.

Sure, the swim knocked me out of CdA, but I am sure it will all be fine.

Hmm...what was that? Oh, a rainbow just flew out of my butt.

Whatever. At least I am training again.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mojo Reclamation Project

Our very own trail bunny, JoLynn, has taken on my Mojo Reclamation as a charity project and has been inviting me to go riding with her. I am VERY appreciative of this since my exercise enthusiasm meter currently reads "I'd rather sit on the couch eating cereal out of the box and watch House. Thanks, anyway."

Our first attempt to ride together was thwarted by bitter cold and abject Californian Weather Weenieness (Read: JoLynn's report here), but this Sunday JoLynn and hit the road.

Well, some of us literally...

Come on JoLynn, you had to know this would be a highlight. I am teh B*tch after all (*sniff* missing teh G)

This was the maiden voyage for JoLynn's new clipless pedals (still have no idea why they call them clipless pedals when you "clip" in. Whatever) They say three falls makes a rider and JoLynn got one of them out of the way on Sunday, when we stopped to take a picture.

Clearly, my quest for less hot friends is NOT going well.

I am not sure she gets credit for the fall. 1. There was no blood and 2. She looks too fucking cute. There should at least be some embarrassing "Oh shit!" face that I can mock her for. So you be the judge. Does she have 2 more falls or 3 until she is a rider? We will ignore the fact that after only 3 months of riding she is already faster than me. (Pfft. Big whoop-ty doo! Old men with dogs riding in their bike's front basket are faster than me. I wouldn't go bragging girlie!) Either way I will makes sure I have my camera with me.

It was a beautiful ride and we had a great time. We even got to swing through her
hood and meet the fam fam.

Mr. JoLynn is just a cool as one would expect, and if I may be so bold, is quite the little hottie. The world's most photographed trail dog, Boomer, was there and it was fantastic to see his smiling face again.

Boomer, trail dog extraordinaire.
Yes, JoLynn, I stole your picture and then cropped you out of it. I agree, that is pretty fucked up.

I got the meet her cats and was greeted, in true cat style, with the "what they fuck are you doing in our house harshing our mellow" look. Gotta love cats.

All in all a great ride!

Thank you, chickie! I needed that.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

Those crazy teenagers! Here are some highlights from this years adventures in teaching: (and no, amazingly, I am not writing this from jail after killing one. Go me.)

1. One girls asks if I have a tampon (sorry, boys. Avert your eyes) I say "yes" and go to get her one. The girl with her looks at me completely shocked, "Ms. R, you still get your period?!"

2. One particularly obnoxious boy in my class that is CONSTANTLY chattering away, informs me he is tired and asks if he can take a nap in class that day, I say jokingly, "Yes, if it will keep you quiet." He looks at me suspiciously and says, "Oh sure, then the next thing I know I wake up in a bathtub full of ice missing a kidney!" (Almost spit out my coffee that made me laugh so hard)

3. I tell a student to stop texting during class and put away his cell phone. Incredulous, he yells, "What?! I am NOT texting! God!" and throws his arms in the air dramatically to prove he does not have his phone out, but the genius forgets to set it on his lap first, causing him to fling it across the room. It lands at my feet and shatters into four pieces.

Then there are the classics:

Student walks in to class, "do we have a test today?"
Me: "Umm... yes, I announced every day for the last week and a half"
Student: "Dude! What is it on?"
Me: *sigh* "Does it matter?"

Student: "Why do we need to know this? I am not going to be a doctor"
Me: "Thank you for playing, Captain Obvious"

21 weeks until summer....

In running news:
Finally enjoying running again. There is light at the end of the tunnel