Ok, maybe not EVER, but nothing seemed to work in my favor today.
I saw with sting rays once when I was younger on a trip to the Caribbean. If I would have seen this guy, you bet my ass would have been back in the boat! The ones I saw were under 5 feet wide.
My brother is in Costa Rica playing with monkeys… Check out his stories.
Monkeys are one of my favorite animals and I actually know a woman that had a monkey when she was a kid. Her father was stationed over seas and shipped them home a monkey. It ended up with an infection and died because of them giving it baths. Guess the baths got rid of the monkey’s natural skin defenses against illness. Anyway, her dad shipped a new one home! Who gets TWO monkeys?! Not fair! I couldn’t get my dad to buy me a trampoline as a kid!
After my race, I raced home to get ready to head up to West Lafayette for the highly anticipated Purdue vs IU basketball game. I say “highly anticipated” lightly. We all know IU doesn’t stand a chance this year. I would prefer to beat them when they are actually decent so the bragging could mean more, but a win is a win. My group headed to our beloved Harry’s for our own pre-game rituals.
Is it unpatriotic to go the bathroom while the National Anthem is playing?! I’m downtown in Indy with a few minutes before my 5 mile race was to begin. I always use the “facilities” before my races so I was just keeping with my normal pre-race routine. Except this time, I was literally using the john when the National Anthem started playing. Talk about an awkward exit from a port-a-john. Here’s the start line.
That’s what I’m talking about!!!!!!!!!! Pha–nom–in–al! The energy at Mackey the second half was just a great as it was for the first half of the Duke game, but with a better ending! We did great. We looked like the team we were at the end of last year. Let’s just carry it though to March Madness now! (and to their home court in March)
I didn’t like Hummel starting, but I rationalized it as a mind game with MSU. If they saw him not start, maybe they’d see us as weak and get a jump on the game. Hummel did play a bit too much for my taste at the end of the game. We were up by 10-15 points and 4 minutes to go…. take him out! That is notoriously when something bad might happen.
One of my new favorites, Bobby “Buckets” Riddell, made his signature firing shot that pumps up the student section. Normally you have to dunk, make a big 3… something substantial. Not with this kid. Any shot he makes brings energy into the crowd like no other player on our team. But, my Subway-sub-of-the-game love goes to Calf Tat, Chris Reid. Hang in there Chris! I feel a field goal in your future!
I’m always looking for some new way to spice up my condo. Problem is projects cost money and money doesn’t grow on trees! I redid my downstairs bathroom on my sabbatical last year. For a mere $400, I stripped the wallpaper, textured and painted the walls, added some new accessories and a faucet… brand new bathroom! Here’s the finished product.
Of course, I didn’t take a before picture but let me tell you, it was boring tan wallpaper with a leaf boarder. How I lived with it for 5 years… I have no idea. My next big project is the florescent lights in 3 of my rooms. I’ve only rewired my light switches and tried to wire a fan… I’ll need to leave that job to someone else. What next?
I’ve been trying to warm up the master bedroom and was toying with new paint or new bedspread. It’s hard to put money down for new stuff when your old stuff is still good, but I’m just tired of it. And speaking of tired, I’m getting old and don’t sleep well these days. My windows face directly west and it’s a flood of sunshine bright and early. So I combined this need for more shade with my attempt to updated the master. I already shelled out money for expensive dual motion cellular shades when I bought the place… what could I come up with? Before….
Mission accomplished for $60. I have great deep window seat ledges in some rooms. I didn’t want to lose that, so I opted for shower curtain rods that extend to the width you need. I pushed them all the way back to the current shade and added chocolate textured panels that block 99% of the light. I pinned them to a length so they pool nicely on the ledge, and presto… I got exactly what I wanted! Too bad I don’t get to sleep in until Sunday this week!
Even though I got’em, I’m not eating here.
It was another non-Hummel game for Purdue. But this time, we got the victory! Purdue 61, Penn State 47. It seemed like we hadn’t been to a home game forever, and turns out it kind of was a long time… January 31st! With only 4 home games left, I’m starting to get sad already! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the road trips to Boiler country. Well, except last night. On the way there we about got washed away by a monsoon. People were pulling over but we kept trucking in the Cavalier. On the way home, we stopped at DQ. Me and the car about got swept away by tornado-sized winds AND we think some rabid animal got stuck to Sara’s door because weird noises were coming from it the entire way home. Or maybe that was what she ate from DQ. I’m not sure.
No time to rest!!! Last day in Colorado… what haven’t we done yet? Oh yea, hiking! Since I’d stolen my brother away from his family for a few days, we did a family event today. We drove through Boulder and hit Flagstaff trail. We had a crew! 4 adults, 2 kids, 1 soon-to-be-kid (Kim’s not mine), and 2 dogs. We headed up a trail until we got to a part that had some really large rocks to climb on. We played with the kids and the dogs for a bit and enjoyed some scenery.
I used to say “Rocks and trees… they all look the same”. That was back in my prissy years when I thought this stuff was stupid. Now I can’t get enough! We stopped for a group photo op, then headed back to the car.
Many many many thanks to the Fuller’s of Colorado! Brandon, thanks for hauling us around and planning such a great trip! Kim, thanks for letting us into your home (for the last time) and taking Brandon away for a few days! Syd & Reagan, thanks for getting my room ready and playing games with me! Time to start planning my fall trip… what mountain(s) should we climb this time?