Archive for December, 2006

December 30, 2006

New Year Things

My brother Frank has been here for a couple of months now, and over the course of those weeks – we’ve been able to sneak in a long run. Today, we ran 8 miles (Burke-Gilman trail) and along the way I mentioned a few hopes for 2007!
 
  • Exercise more! I know, that might sound silly for someone that does a fair bit already – but consider this: I’ll finish 2006 with just about 700 running miles under my belt, along with 150 miles of cycling, some weight training and rock climbing. But in 2004 – I ran almost 1,600 miles, and in the years prior – hovered around 1,000. Truth is – I feel better when I run that much, I’m poised for a modestly paced marathon, and (extra bonus) I can eat more dessert!
  • Keep track of my finances better. This might sound silly coming from a man that kept the books for a couple of local nonprofits for about 15 years – but – I spent 2006 sharing living space for the first time, and decided to just make sure I wasn’t headed for the poorhouse. Armed with a years’ worth of information – back to financial planning!
  • Figure out a way to get to and from work on time. The longer I stay with my current agency, the more I like it – and the more opportunities for increased responsibility – which can easily turn into more hours. I’m willing for some of those more hours – but my first two bullet points mean that I need to figure out a routine that leaves room for exercise and fun besides work!

I’m sure there will be more – but that seems like a reasonable start. Along the way – I’m planning on keeping up a few things that I’ve been doing – living here in Phinney Ridge (with my girl and my dog), enjoying my work, baking all of our bread (okay – MOST of it!), and keeping up with friends and family!

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December 30, 2006

Holiday Musings

I spent the holiday with family – dinner with my brother and his family, and then a long weekend in Victoria with my girl, her family, and my mom.  The drive was a surprise – no traffic through Everett, and no wait at the border. It was almost surreal – but a very welcome surprise! If it  hadn’t been for the terrible traffic getting out of town, we would have made the trip in an easy 5 hours, instead of 6!
 
We spend our vacation cooking, eating, sleeping, and exercising – pretty much in that order, too! And I helped set up some technology, which was fun.
 
Puja and I were clever enough to both come home before the end of vacation AND not go back to work – so we’ve had a couple of days to relax, tidy up, and get ready for the new year!
 
 
December 19, 2006

today’s good things

Small:
 
Having a better take to work lunch than anyone else at the office. I don’t mean to be petty – but – I have exceptionally tasty and nutritious food every day. If that’s not a good reason to be thankful, I don’t know what is!
 
Big:
 
A nice run with a longtime friend AND the opportunity to do a favor for another one. Friedship is best when it goes both ways.
 
Hope:
 
Lordy – Kind of a crazy time at work with holiday, vacations, hardware going kaput! Here’s hoping to get through it with my sense of humor intact!
December 18, 2006

today’s good things

Small:
 
A visit to the doc that only took 10 minutes. No kidding – called to get an appointment, arrived at 2:10, left at 2:20. That’s how healthcare is supposed to work, right?
 
Big:
 
Electricity. Some of our friends are still without – and here where Puja and I live – we have power, heat, light – make no mistake – we’re living in the lap of luxury!
 
Hope:
 
To wrap up my work commitments in the next few days so that the holiday break is work free!
December 18, 2006

Running as a decongestant

That’s right – nothing like a good hard run instead of a big dose of Sudafed! It might not be that much fun to be next to me, or behind me – but – in the sweet open air – nothing like heating up the old body temperature, breathing hard, and letting the air hankey go!

 

I’ve had a tough cold for the last few days – and managed a run with my brother Frank on Sunday, and another today (a trip to Bartell’s for sundries, natch – thank god for a Camelback backpack) and I do feel better for getting in a bit of exercise!

 

Bonus that I came home to my girl and my dog and my warm house and a fresh loaf of buttermilk/wheat/rye bread!

December 17, 2006

If That Makes Me Gay, Fine

I wish I wrote that, I really do. I didn’t, Leonard Pitts did, and you can read it for yourself in most local newspapers. In a very short column, he’s summed up a good deal of what has me chapped about the Catholic Church, and pretty much any other agency that ascribes to a religious or faith tradition that wants to leave people out.
 
You can’t really have it both ways, he argues, and I agree. And the bitter irony, at lesat in my experience? MOST religious traditions didn’t START this way, they’ve ended up this way, if you get what I mean. They didn’t start with a sense of "how can we oppress gay people, or women, or those who look differently than we do" – they started with a simple understanding of the sacredness of all people. And the response to that sacredness is justice, not exclusion.
 
I know that all sounds pretty pie-in-the-sky, pretty "can’t we all just get along" and so on and so forth – but I believe it anyway. Mr. Pitts gets it right when talking about Vice President Cheney, who bats for the Republican team on all items save for gay marriage – because he loves his daughter – and she’s a lesbian.
 
Here’s the final few words from that article – and go back and read the whole thing – it will only take five minutes:
 
I believe in moral coherence. And Rule No. 1 is, you cannot assert your own humanity, then turn right around and deny someone else’s. If that makes me gay, fine. As my anonymous correspondent ably demonstrates, there are worse things to be. –LeonardPitts, Friday December 15th 2006
December 14, 2006

today’s good things

Small:
 
Sudafed. That’s right – drugs. I caught a nasty cold – and am hoping that drugs take care of it!
 
Big:
 
A great home-cooked meal. Who knew that a little pasta, a little Prosciutto, a little parmesan, and a great cook (that would be my girl) could add up so quicly and so nicely? Well – I did – but still – what a nice good thing!
 
Hope:
 
Okay – so -exercise this week is a write off. I’m shifting strategies and am hoping for a cold that passes quickly so I can get back to it.
December 13, 2006

Lessons Learned

Lesson One:
 
Being right isn’t always good enough. I’m just back from a meeting – and – I’m pretty sure I was right about some of the budget items. But the rest fo the folks weren’t on the same page – so I shut up. Insisting on being right would have been counter productive and hurt in the long run.
 
Lesson Two:
 
The more you find out about people, the more there is to like. You just have to pay attention.
 
Hope:
 
That I pay attention to the difference betweeen being right and doing right.
December 12, 2006

today’s good things

Small:
 
Home-made chili, with cheddar, onion, fresh lime and sour cream. I highly recommend Cover and Bake from America test Kitchen!
 
Big:
 
A job that I really like – even on crazy days. Today was a crazy day – and yet – I get to help nonprofits make my community a little better. Lucky me.
 
Hope:
 
Two days without exercise and I was doing so well! I hope to get back on the bandwagon tomorrow.
December 12, 2006

Nonprofit Pays Off

I’m working with the folks who are running teh condo association where I live – and much to my pleasant surprise – I think I know more than they do!
 
It’s not that I underestimate what I know – but it has been less often the case that my work experience prepares me for something that happens in my nonwork time, if you get what I mean. In this case – it’s about readin ga financial statement, reviewing a budget, and otherwise trying to determine value wiht a budget.
 
See – the folks who are on our condo association probably haven’t had to sweat a tiny budget, make tough choices with a very few dollars, figure out when an item is a capital expense or an ordinary one, or any of the things that I’ve been doing for years.
 
So when they published a draft budget that didn’t seem well enough done to me – I spoke up! We have our annual meeting tomorrow and we’ll see – I’m hoping that the rest of the folks that share this building DO show up, and arrive with a lot of questions – and that our board is ready to answer them – or willing to put the budget on hold while they get those answers! We’ll see . . .