It's been a while since I wrote something about the house progress. But today, there was something that was not a huge undertaking completed, but rather a tangible milestone that made the house just feel like it's coming back together.
Getting home from work today, I noticed one of the windows in the front bedroom was installed. Walking around the rest of the house, I counted five more windows that were in.
The other thing that was nice was that the exterior perimeter was nearly all wrapped in white Tyvek paper.
Over the next couple of days, the rest of the windows are going in, including the slider which was salvaged from the house before demolition, and the skylights will be framed in.
And, pretty soon, PG&E should be out here to move the power from the house over to the blue room (the porta potty with a weatherhead, made especially for temp power at construction sites).
Just got back from a 54 minute run on the Guadalupe Creek Trail, which runs right next to the office building I work in.
Heading north, toward the airport, on the first 15 minutes or so, my legs were heavy and my breathing shallow. But at some point, I noticed that I was running at a bit of a quicker pace than normal, and my mile markers were confirming it. As I progressed, my breathing got easier and my body was performing pretty well.
I took it all the way to the airport, up to the bridge which used to be Skyport Drive. If my navigation is correct, it should be just over a 10K distance.
There are two things to which I attribute today's good: One, I ran a few 10K distances within the last week, with the goal of rarely running anything less that that. Two, I picked up from the library a copy of Chi Running, by Danny Dreyer. In this book, the author talks about different techniques, based on Tai Chi, that can be used to make your running more pleasant, or stronger, or faster, or really, whatever you want it to be. This isn't a book review, so I won't get into details. Click the link for an overview.
Oh, and let me not forget what really made this run memorable, for better or worse: Just north of Coleman Ave, there was some guy, maybe homeless, hard to tell, running out of one bush to behind another, butt naked. He had some clothes or cardboard or something he was using to hide his privates, but it was kinda weird to see that. He may have just taken a dunk in the creek and was moving over to his 'locker room' area to get dressed again. Dunno. But I'd rather not see that too often.
This past Sunday, I returned home from a weeklong trip to Europe, a business trip.
As with my trip last year, this one was too short with too many destinations. Not including catching connections, I hit four countries in seven days: France (Lyon), Romania (Bucharest), the Czech Republic (Brno) and Austria (Vienna). Only in Vienna, on my last day, did I get an opportunity to sightsee.
Every trip provides an opportunity to learn something. This past week was a vivid reinforcement that cigarette smoking is a nasty, unhealthful preoccupation. What is it in Europe that makes everyone want to light up? I mean it's nearly EVERY one! Walking into an Irish pub, opening the front door to the place, and a cloud of smoke comes billowing out above your head. Note to Europe: Quite Smoking! You are not cool or sophisticated doing that! You make me lose respect for you when I see your ridiculous addiction.
Another item learned was that you should always triple check your itinerary. We realized, early enough thankfully, that we didn't have a room booked for Wednesday night. I was a bit disappointed that the travel agency didn't catch it.
And finally, the travel advice that you typically see about staying hydrated, skipping the alcohol, trying to eat as heathy as possible, is all true. It's hard to keep the fresh fruits and veggies on the plate in front of you, especially in meat and potatoes countries like Austria, but it's not impossible. You just have to look for them. I kept the water flowing, even managed to go for runs a couple times on treadmills, and I stayed feeling good most of the time.
Will I remember these tips next time? For the most part, yes. I won't start smoking between now and the end of my life; double checking the itinerary is an easy, low hanging fruit kind of thing; and the tips on keeping yourself in a good way is always good advice, but temptations abound.
Last night was a big moment for RGJ... For the past year she has been toying with reading. Off and on she will read a few 3 letter words here and there.
Last night, she decided she was interested in actually sounding out 'CAT' and writing the letters on paper. She did it perfectly her first try and was excited to do it again. Same success with 'DOG'. My little baby is at the beginings of writing words based on sounding them out.
She has been able to spell and write her full name. She knows the letters by heart so it's a bit different than actually sounding out the letters and writing them.