Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Day 10.252: Fog in the East End

Well, I started the week with two sick days which is not good either for my mental health or my work place, but was probably necessary for my physical health. I probably should have realized when my runs over the weekend were taxing despite the fact that they were scaled back approximately 50% from last weekend.

The second run was 12 miles easy around Portland while Exile #4 was at her youth group. It was foggy as I ran along the trail past East End Beach and when I arrived at the cruise liner port it was hard to tell if there was a ship in dock or not. As I moved along it did emerge, but the view was still quite a good indication of how thick the fog was.

I'm not back to full strength but should be well enough to be at work tomorrow - especially if I can get a decent night's sleep tonight - something that eluded me yesterday.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Day 10.251: Food labeling is getting ridiculous

We all know that "Best Before" dates are often something of a ploy by food manufacturers to persuade us to throw away perfectly good food and replace it with new food, but at least we can choose to ignore it if it is just printed on the label.

When they print it right on the food* - such as this flour tortilla:

That is taking things to a new level.

* Yes this photograph us real. No I do not really think that this is an escalation in a food labeling war. No I have no idea about how such a thing could happen. No we did not eat this one. Yes, we did eat the rest of the packet.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Day 10.250: Exile #2's Sunday Column #193

Exile #2 writes...

The young Exiles needed to head in different directions this afternoon. So, Exile #1 teamed up with Exile #4, and I joined Exile #3 and E5N1. Exile #4 was going to her youth group for some pizza and games. While she did that, Exile #1 revisited some of his old running routes (also part of his upcoming marathon route).

Meanwhile, Exile #3 and E5N1 were auditioning for a Christmas show at their dance school. It is somewhat delightfully called The Land of Misfit Toys and I am imagining it as some sort of alternative Nutcracker. We will shortly find out what parts they will be playing but E5N1 seemed fairly confident that he would get the "special boy role". Well, he was the only boy there.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Day 10.249: Ditto

Something like this will happen in church tomorrow morning (I will probably wear some footwear)...followed by me singing one of my favourite songs.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Day 10.248: Spring/summer running update

In January I found myself having not been out for a run (at all) in 9 weeks. Considering since I took up running five and a half years earlier I hadn't gone more than about 9 days (and that only once or twice), this was quite a serious situation.

The thought that if I stopped running I would get lazy and never start again had haunted me for most of those five years and as it turned out it was really easy to do just that. I got in the habit of staying up later, filling my time with good things like making music and reading books and watching TV with Exile #2, but at some point I realised that I needed to be exercising again.

Getting back into regular running habits was hard - much harder than getting into them in the first place. The fact that I had put on 20 pounds and lost a lot of fitness did not make getting back on the road easy - nor did the fact that it was winter in Maine. It was April before I started to string some decent miles together and feel like a runner again. The table shows my weekly mileage totals since then - hardly a picture of consistency. The final blip was somewhat planned - for our camping trip - but the other orange weeks indicate I did less than I planned.

Finally, I've put a few consistent weeks together - nowhere near enough for long enough to be trained for my marathon on October 1st, but unless I get sick or injured I will run it - and it will be another step towards fully back to what had become normal running fitness.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Day 10.247: Shoot and toot

I spent most of the evening rushing around town with E5N1 - first I collected him from soccer where he seems to be gaining some skills and some confidence. After that we had a quick slice of pizza and then it was to school for the band information meeting - where he collected his trumpet.

Apart from feeling the weight of it (considerable according to the ten year old), he has not interacted with the instrument yet as he is supposed to leave it in its case until his first class on Monday. It does have a very nice case though!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Day 10.246: The great turkey invasion

About a week ago, Exile #2 was surprised to see a family group of at least ten wild turkeys walk through our back yard - she even took some photos!

When you see a group of these birds it's not hard to believe that they are actually dinosaurs. Yes I did say actually dinosaurs.