9:23 AM Monday, September 5, 2016
Whoops, August came and went. And no monthly update. Finally took the Miyata 610 out, fenderless, for a spin. Rides nice. I miss riding. Still have to strip and repaint the fenders. Been playing Pokemon GO on my commutes. Might be another reason I don't want to get back on the bike for commuting. Can't really hit all the Poke Stops while riding safely. Also means I've been taking longer walks and sometimes getting off stops earlier or later. Passed 10K steps a couple times; I usually don't come close. Trying to do the Gorilla Workout app/program. Made it all the way through Level 1. Started Level 2. Much harder. Aggravated something in my left foot. Not sure what, but annoying. School starts for Lucy tomorrow. Later than pretty much all my Facebook friends who have already posted their first day of school pics. Got the Raleigh Super Course completely disassembled. Need to clean and reassemble at some point. Tried a giant bubble recipe. Didn't work all that well. The corn starch never really stayed in solution. Been taking the kids on playground tours when I have them and Tracy's working on the weekend. Went up to Winnemac Park last weekend, but the better playground was at McPherson Playground. The kids also liked Vogel Park. Taking Clark up to Lawrence is very bike friendly. Had my credit card number used by someone else, but caught by fraud department. Had to get a new number. Went ahead and also applied and this time got approved for the Barclaycard VISA with Apple Rewards. Ended up using the special financing offer on an iPad Pro (9.7-inch). It's so much easier for doing remote work than the iPhone 6S Plus. Also stopped syncing up RDP connections in Jump Desktop because device specific resolutions work better (1600x900 on the iPhone, 1600x1200 on the iPad, and full screen on the iMac/MacBook). PictureLife officially went under, and worked out a deal with SmugMug to host photos there. So I paid for a year and will slowly work on downloading them all again.
2:11 PM Monday, July 25, 2016
Figured I should get a blog post in for July. I have been keeping up on Current events in the Memex mostly, so I at least have that life logging still going on. Finally decided to go to a doctor and get a physical. Got my lab results back and everything checks out ok. A little overweight. Probably a little dehydrated, probably because of the flu I had a week before. But overall, ok. No hypertension, no diabetes yet. Figure I should try and lose a little weight. Not sure how I'm going to go about it though. Lessen the food intake and up the activity. The right things. Hydrate more, and sleep more. Shouldn't be that difficult, right? While I was sick, I went like 4-5 days without coffee. I was a little worried about going back to it, but it's not like I needed it. And actually today, I haven't had any yet. Got almost enough tools that I have the Raleigh Super Course completely disassembled. Just have to get the freewheel off. Then have to clean it all and reassemble. My attempt at painting fenders to match the Miyata 610 failed (too almond, not white enough), so hopefully I can add just another translucent layer of white that will fix it. Been more than 30 days since I've biked to work. Got the backyard landscaped, or more like restored. Have a real patio and a little sand pit play area that's Jackson's favorite thing. Always looks forward to playing in it on the weekend, coming home from daycare (both from Children's Learning Place and from the grandparents). Went to Slide the City in Carpentersville last weekend. Fun, only got a couple hours in since we showed up late and they shut it down early because of a lightning warning. Fun as usual. We brought Lucy this time. Jackson's way too small though. Saw someone try and get their toddler down, didn't look very successful.
5:19 PM Monday, June 6, 2016
Finally got over the sickness a couple weeks back, started riding again, then did Bike the Drive with the family. Went out late so on the way back as directed off Lake Shore Drive. Hung out at the festival for a bit, then up to the Clocktower Cafe for what may become an tradition. No issues with the Xtracycle that day. I did clean it up, which helped with the shifting. Or course with that biking, I got sore, so took the week off from commuting. Got more stuff to fix up the Raleigh Super Course and Miyata 610. Just need to make a plan, and start spending time getting them up and running. Really for the Miyata only have to add fenders, but want to paint the ones I got to color match. Hopefully that turns out well. Managed to get a front flat on the Xtracycle at some point, tried to patch it a couple of times, but ended up not working. Ran out of tubes, so had to wait for them to come in. Also ordered some rim tape, because the existing stuff was probably original to the bike (circa 1996?). So maybe about time. Then yesterday bringing the kids back from lunch and got a rear flat. So had to walk them home (only a mile or so), then head back out to replace the tube and bring a pump because I didn't bring the spare tube with. But I thik that's good now. Hopefully. I'll be bringing tubes and C02 with me on the Xtracycle going forward. Found Cheerwine at Jewel the other day. That was cool. Tried working out again via the 7 Minute Workout, but that only lasted for a week. Have to start that up again as well. Made it to the beach for the first time this year (Montrose), but they had a giant pool of standing water between the park and the water. It was weird. Also ended up sitting right by Meghan Stromberg, but didn't realize that until we were both getting ready to leave. That is a very very small world.
11:54 PM Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Sold the condo on Monday. And now we're back down to only 1 property. Yay? Feeling bittersweet about selling though. It was home for 7 years or so? Lucy and Jackson's first home. But anyway. Ordered up some Samba Originals (instead of the Classics, because I didn't need to fold the tongue over). Hoping they fit. Figured I needed some athletic shoes to chase the kids around the playgrounds and parks and stuff. Been sick (head cold I think), started last Thursday, and I think in the trailing edge. Just need to get the mucus out of my head, and away from the back of my throat. Been going through lots of cough drops to prevent hacking up a lung and actually being able to do some work. Actually feels better if I whisper. Oh, and started watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It's good, and in some strange ways, oddly familiar.