Monday, June 28, 2010


For several years I have eyed the Lake Padden Triathlon, but always had a legitimate excuse for not having time for it, namely school. This year, I ran out of excuses. So, in March I signed up for my first triathlon and began training.

Saturday came and I was quite nervous! It was a cool day, and I'm not going to lie - the lake was cold! It took me about two minutes to clear the mouthful of water that I accidentally swallowed at the beginning, catch my breath and warm up. Then, I was good to go and finished my swim faster than I thought I would!

Here we are getting ready to swim. I'm one of the few without a wetsuit!

At my transition switching from biking to running.

Sprinting the final yards to the finish line

Feeling tough because I finished my first triathlon!

Family photo! Phil and Maxine both came out to support me!

My goal for the race was to finish in an hour and thirty minutes - I finished in 1 hour, 29 min and 20 seconds! So proud of myself for finishing! And now I can check that off the bucket list! Hmm... what to move on to next....

For those interested, here are the race stats: 400 yard swim, 10 mile bike, 2.6 mile run

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Looking tough

I got my first riding day of the year in at Whistler on Saturday. The weather was perfect, the trails were beautiful, and I had great company! I rode with Phil and my good friend Erin. Erin's been a crosscountry rider for a few years so she's quite a bit better than me, but we still have fun riding together.

Mountain biking is a very male dominated sport, so you tend to notice other girls that are riding. Erin and I would both look at other girls and think, "Wow, they must be so good! Look at their bike and all their gear! They are hard core!"  But then we got to thinking, what if people think that about us?

Here we are in all our gear. 
I guess it's possible that people look at us and think that WE are hard core riders!

Friday, June 18, 2010

iPhone 4

Last November, after stealing Phil's iPhone to check something online/check facebook/update twitter/play a game one too many times, we decided that we should just get me an iPhone. Phil looked into it as a Christmas gift, but discovered that my contract didn't expire until the summer and the earliest I could get one would be March.

By the time March came around, rumors of the next iPhone were swirling all over the internet and we decided to just wait until the next one came out. So, in total tech-geek fashion, I read the articles speculating on when it would be announced and on the first day of the Apple conference I watched the headlines for the long awaited announcement - the iPhone 4 was coming! June 24 to be specific. Even better - the AT&T store would take pre-orders!

I didn't see any reason to rush out on the first day of pre-orders since it would be open for a week. No problem! Except that it was a problem. Due to lack of foresight/"overwhelming demand" they have already run out of inventory. Even the apple website can't ship any until July 14 and when I tried that, something went wrong.

So basically, I'm left waiting even longer. This wouldn't be that big of a deal except that my phone is painfully crappy and I just can't wait to get rid of it. Alas, I must be patient.... not one of my strong points.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Loosing a day

As a full time nurse, I have an amazing schedule - 4 on, 5 off.  And let me tell you, I LOVE my 5 off! Except that it's sort of only 4 off because I have resigned myself to the fact that one day will always be ost to recovering from night shift.

My usual routine after night shift is to go for coffee with a friend, or do something in the morning, power nap in the afternoon, evening with hubby, then bed at a normal time. However, my last few blocks I have come home from night shift and spent the day napping, watching a movie, napping some more, staring into space, then napping again. Relaxing? Yes. Productive? Not so much.

So this week I tried to fill my day again. Went straight from night shift to my friends place for coffee, got pedicures, ran a couple of errands, did some baking, caught up on some TV, then headed over to a friend's place for dinner. In total, I was up for over 30 hours. I was quite proud of all I had done and thought I would sleep well and be refreshed the next day.

I did sleep well, like a rock in fact, for 10 hours. And then proceeded to spend the rest of my day watching a movie, napping, walking the dog, napping.... and basically it was a lost day.

So, whether it's my first day off or the next, I have resigned myself to the fact that I will lose one of my days off to sleep. And really, that's ok because I LOVE sleep!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Goofy times

Had some good friends over for dinner the other night and to meet our new puppy. We got some great pics with the kids, then decided to do some goofy poses. This one turned out to be a total classic - check out how Phil looks!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

5 years

It's hard to believe that it's been 5 years already! I remember many details of the day - the partly cloudly sky, the color of my flowers, taking a moment during the day to realize that when I'm 80 years old - I will look back to this day, and of course, walking down the aisle to my husband.

Here are a few pics from the day.

Honey - I love you more and more each day! Thank you for 5 years full of adventure and here's to the next 50! Love you!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Wet Dirt

It's no secret that I'm not a fan of rain. While the area we live in is wonderful in many respects, my biggest problem with it is the RAIN, and the mediocrity of temperatures (but that's a whole other post). I just do not like rain, particularly the drizzly type that lasts for days on end.

That being said, there are some smells that rain produces that I quite enjoy. Like on a hot summer day when it has not rained in a bit and suddenly big fat drops begin to fall from the sky.... the initial smell that results is a delight.

The other is the smell of wet dirt. As a kid I grew up camping in Birch Bay where our days would be spent galavanting around the woods, building forts, climbing, running and generally just getting dirty. There is a particular smell that the dirt in those woods has when it's wet.

You can't always smell it - there are certain conditions that bring it out. Today, I had the joy of smelling wet dirt. I was jogging at my favorite trail at Lake Padden. Parts of the trail are shaded by a canopy of trees so that very little sunlight can seep through. It was these parts that were still damp from yesterdays rain... and that sweet aroma of wet dirt wafted up, and propelled me with joy through my run.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Puppy Pics

I've had a couple of requests for more pics of our sweet new puppy, Maxine. Truth is, I've been working TONS of nights and I just haven't taken any.

However, my darling hubby has a wonderful camera on his iPhone, and a blog that he posts a picture a day on. So, if you check out Shutter Chimp you will find some pics of our pup - just scroll down.

Enjoy, and I'll post some here soon.