Cannon Beach 2017 Part I

Monday morning dawned, and Michelle was up and raring to go after her half Marathon. How ready was she? Well after walking 13.1 miles the day before, she popped out of bed, put on her workout gear and went down to the workout room for a recovery elliptical machine session.

I drug my ass out of bed and went to Starbucks!

After saying goodbye to everyone, and grabbing some books for our library at home from Kim and Mark, Michelle and I were off to the coast!  Continue reading “Cannon Beach 2017 Part I”


For the last two days, I was in a classroom working with a group of people.  Heads down, nose to the grind stone cranking things out.  And, unlike other times I have said this, it’s really true this time.  We got a lot done in the last two days, and the info we gathered is going to keep me busy for the next month.

When I got back to my desk this afternoon, this was taped on my monitor:



Continue reading “Runaway!”

Recovery Trip

Normally, after completing the big ride of the year, I would simply go home, take a shower, get the errands done, and be ready for work Monday morning.  I will not say I am productive on these days, nor am I moving quickly, but I am there.

This time, however, I decided that a break after the 204 miles was in order.  Michelle and I spent the night in Portland, we then woke up and headed for Cannon Beach, Oregon.


Spending 3 days at the Ocean seemed like a LOT more fun than heading back to the Mighty P. Continue reading “Recovery Trip”

A Free Hour???

Anyone who follows this blog knows my last few weekends have been nuts!  I had a weekend of yard work followed by a Century ride, a trip to Walla Walla, then a Century ride in Oregon followed by a long drive home.  Then the evenings this week were full of getting things done that I normally do on weekends!

Saturday was running around all over, taking care of kids, hitting hardware store, general errand kind of things! Not a bad day at all, but VERY busy.

Sunday morning comes up, and the man child, Sierra Victor, leaves a note asking if he can be taken back to his house in the morning, so he can participate in the Federal Way Skate in.  (35 miles away) OK, wake him up, drive south, in the rain mind you, and drop him off, then Beeline back home for belated brunch with the mom in law.  Good thing too, I was hungry!

On the way home from that was a stop at Safeway.  Groceries picked up!

However, back at the house, and the rains came back (normal for Seattle on Memorial Day Weekend, it ALWAYS rains!

So, no chance at yard work, actually, for the first time in weeks, a bit of quiet time to sit, read, relax and unwind.


But alas, unlike last week, the rain was NOT long term!  Just a squall, so i was able to relax and sit and read for over an hour, t was nice.

However, I wanted to ride on Memorial Day itself that means getting off my lazy butt and getting to work!  First of Michelle pointed out the plants that needed to die!  This I am good at!  Have shovel will travel!  Even better, there was nothing delicate close to the ones that had to go!  Dig and rip and done!  2 yard waste bins full.  Done!

Next, the new plants were strategically placed.  Dig a hole and plant away.  For one of the first times ever, I didn’t snap a big chink of the plant off getting it our of the pot.  All plants planted and watered!  Check!

Finally, time to spread some of the bark I bought yesterday over those new big bare areas.  Done!

Wow not bad for a couple hours work for the two of us!  Just enough time to clean up a little, and drink something before going to get the kid.

Turns out his longboard gathering was an all day deal.  He was still skating at 6 when I got down there. Once again I had to feed a kid of mine NOW before he started chewing his own arm!  Taco Time it was!   YUM!  Love me a beef&bean burrito and mexi fries!

10 minutes north on the freeway, the kid was OUT, snoring away.  We got home, he woke up, said “hi” or at least grunted as his mum, and went straight to bed!  I think the last time he was in bed before 8 he WAS 8!

I am glad I had my free hour to sit, it was nice, but better yet, Manchild had a great day, and Michelle and I got stuff done!