Sunday, July 27, 2014

So I ran, at last, just a bit

The big yay is that we slept in! We've been dragging our tails always doing something. I can smell stain in my sleep, and it's the low emissions stuff.

But today we slept in, then coffee on the patio. Leisurely. Enjoying it, on a perfect summer day. Thinking a bit about the Ironman 70.3 going on not very far away at all, but not much, and certainly not enough to to go cheer.

The run graph is all over the place. I don't believe a line of it. The elevation changes are way too big, and the pace is way too variable. I know I was a bit uneven at the start, but not that uneven. In the end, it was 2 K, 16 minutes, starting slow and gradually speeding up. The first K and a bit was pretty clunky, but I was expecting that after not running for several weeks.

Google Rum Swizzles. They are really good on a patio on a sunny day. Especially after a nice bit of BBQ chicken and salad. Better with an ocean view, but I have a memory for that. Rum Swizzles = part of my afternoon. Linda was a bit more sedate.


Our friends Kris and Sophia dropped by, and we had a wonderful chat. This is what summer is all about. I'm glad I didn't try to work today. The stain experiment shows we need to let things dry a bit more and see if that makes a difference. The painting she did will wash off if I stain over it, at least now, according to the test sample. I'm happy to wait a bit longer.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

SPF 100 RULES!

Stained Thursday after work till dark.
Stained Friday, then volunteered.
Stained Saturday, then volunteered.

At last the entire lodge is done the second coat. Painting is all very philosophical and all, but this is getting old. At least Ive got the knack of it now, and it's turning out pretty good. My shoulders are killing me.

So Friday I bailed on work and waved a paint brush all day. In the evening I went to the Calgary 70.3 to help set up bike racks. Home, bed, exhausted, poor night of sleep. No time to run.

Saturday I had an easy wake up, then finished the last wall, and did a bit of touchup here and there. There wasn't time to run, not even a short one, before heading out to T1 again.

This is the important part. I stood in the hot sun for the better part of 5 hours, and didn't get a sun burn. SPF 100 forever! Or expire from heat stroke. This is amazing. I loved chatting with the athletes as they checked into T1 with their bikes. It's a cornucopia of bike porn, so many sleek and sexy bikes. I wanted to show off Estela, since she can certainly hold her own in that company.

Some people go to these events, and it seems they are a non-stop social club, running into people they know every few minutes. Not me. Not today. There 5 hours, only saw one person I know (Hello Sara Gross, hope you have a great race!) and missed a couple of my buddies (Go Sue and Mike!). No doubt they were organized and got there early.

Tomorrow I'm going to run first thing. For sure. I promise. Just a bit. Right after #coffeechat, if Im awake. Then there's a bit of experimenting with the final clear coat of the stain. It should be good for the lodge and cedar fence. Should bottle some wine and finish off that season. There are no doubt other things on my to-do list, but I don't want to think about it.

Here's a photos photos, just to amuse you. It should be clear what's what.







Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cleared! Dry!

Good news! I'm cleared to run, very easy. Not too long/far. So tomorrow I'll try a couple K and see how that feels. My right quad feels like someone glued a giant hot water bottle to it, and every now and then it simply didn't work. This makes walking difficult. It got gradually better today, and the pummeling of the muscles behind my hip bones really helped.

I've been out working on the second coat of stain on the lodge the last several evenings. I never cease to be amazed how much stain some of the wood is sucking up. You'd think the end grain was getting drunk on it, theres so much stain being sucked up. Much of it has 3 coats now, and still looks thin. Dry climate, dry wood. One advantage is that things dry out quick.

Work. Well, work is a giant Charlie Foxtrot. I'm still on hold.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I had hoped for less pain

Last you heard I had X-Rays in hand, waiting to see Dr. M again. The news wasn't all bad, but it wasn't all good either. At least there is no nerve impingement so we can work on the muscles. ART on one of the specific quads cranky from water running of all things, and that muscle in my butt. There wasn't even much crickle-crackle after, which is a relief. What I did learn is that I've got some arthritis in my very low back. That's a bit unnerving for a young guy like me.

The water run was just over 30 minutes, not thinking I was going too hard. Then walking out to the parking lot I could feel it getting cranky, and it got progressively worse all day. Even today it isn't much happier, so I bailed on an evening run. Its not a stabbing or pulling pain, but I have to think about walking. My whole leg feels very unstable, and there's a few times my knee sort of flopped on me. It's not a scream in agony kind of pain, more a suck in the breath kind of pain. Not fun.

Walking into the City Hall parkade yesterday I noticed these huge day lilies blooming away, and was wondering about ours. When I checked on them this morning, they aren't as tall, but there's a few really beautiful blooms.


Instead of the run I went out and put another layer of stain on one side of the lodge this evening. Can you tell when one? That was 2 hours of bending and stretching. Oddly enough, my quad feels better after this. Maybe a good night's sleep will help.



Sunday, July 20, 2014

So, how'd I do?

On Friday, I posted my to do list. Here it is, with a thing or two crossed off. Did I exceed your expectations?

In no particular order:

  • Fix a few stain dribbles on the lodge floor where I got sloppy.
  • Finish the first exterior coat. (Weather dependent.)
  • Start and finish the second coat. (Weather dependent.)
  • Start and finish the clear coat. (Weather dependent.)
  • Test some of the clear coat on the fence to see how it looks.
  • Tidy my desk. I emptied my work pack, and it's all on the desk, and none of it goes back to work.
  • Start on my year end paperwork for my company. Completion will be nice, but starting is acceptable.
  • Clean and store a bunch of wine bottles. Some need bleaching.
  • Bottle the one wine kit that looks ready to go.
  • Run with a buddy. Gently.
The exterior staining took a lot longer than I thought to do around the windows, and there was quite a bit more interior staining I decided to do. By the end of Saturday I was where I was hoping to be on Friday. Sunday looked like rain, and it did rain several times. Now I need to brush sand off the bottom bit before I stain again. Good thing I didn't try to push ahead.

The desk, before and after, with a surprise in the middle.



The surprise in the middle is the remnants of my social insurance card. Good thing I've got the number memorized. The plastic is only 40 years old or so, and has been in various wallets. I recently swapped wallets and dragged a bunch of stuff out, and that was in the middle of it, but I didn't realize at the time. I also found a receipt from our trip to Vancouver in 2012. I really should tidy more often.

As for work paperwork, the bar was pretty low, I admit. I count organizing the paper neatly, as "started." You can send your commentary to keith@bitemybutt.com.

I washed and bleached bottles, and bottled the Pinot Grigio. We are drinking it with dinner and it's really nice just out of the carboy. There's just the slightest bit of sharpness. I think with some refrigeration, and a spicy patio snack, I could serve it to guests and there would be no complaints. A few months in the bottle and it should be wonderful. Pity summer will be over. I'll have to see about the label though. It could peel off really easy, or be horrible.


I had lots of encouragement from my run buddy today, but my legs were not with it at all. Plus it rained and was cool and I was feeling like a weenie, and sort of wanting to see the x-ray results tonight before running further. Many of you read just the "weenie" comment there. That's ok. I read how far they ran and was impressed. They are champs.

The un-weenie activity has been giving Curtis 4 squirts of medication every day. It's getting harder and harder. The teeth and claws haven't come out yet, but that's only because he's a very good natured cat. I'm seriously thinking about invoking the country vet rule, that is, if you can't catch your patient, it doesn't need you. Here I am, getting the furry eye because the rival object is in my lap.

Another weekend has zoomed by. Even with a nap this afternoon, I'm still going to be tired heading into work tomorrow. I figure the odds are 50-50 I'll be told my contributions are no longer needed, so I'm not in a rush.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pink and white

Pink and white sounds so fru-fru, but there was none of that here. This was rugged and manly pink and white.

Pink Martini
Pink Floyd

That was my soundtrack for working on the lodge today. More white stain. This was the delicate (but not fur-fru) touch around the windows that I didn't do the other day. It took much longer than I thought it would. The windows aren't too badly smeared. I made another pass around the places that have end grain showing, and added more stain.

I grooved to the sound track and thought peaceful thoughts. This was a very soothing activity. I'm trying not to think about work today, but I found out today that work had made some decisions about the various projects. One that I'm working on is moving forward, but I don't know if I still have a role on it. Two others are in a "must consult with the business" phase. Which means they didn't read the documentation we supplied them where those business owners explicitly said they needed and wanted the projects to move forward. I'm very cynical about this, and let's just say after more than 20 years in Calgary's roller coaster oil and gas industry, I know where my bread is buttered, and what I should be doing now. And I am. Nuff said.

Then the interior. I decided once the windows had the white stain on the outside, they really needed some clear interior stain on the inside. Plus the dinner trays. I had lightly sanded them down, now I added another layer of stain. Plus the floor touchups. Plus the inside of the doors. It was another very full day.

So far of my list of things to do this weekend, I've done two of them. Not a high completion percentage, I admit. I am being strongly encouraged to do one of the remaining things and let's see if I sleep in or not. I'm thinking about clearing a few of the smaller things off the list, then getting back to the lodge. Like my desk. I really must excavate it. Before and after pics there, I promise.

Waffles with strawberries and maple syrup, with coffee, opened the day. We closed it with rack of lamb, wine, and veggies. It was a perfect night for sitting out and relaxing. So much for cat supervision.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

The long weekend to-do list

Friday is a vacation day for me, even if it does start with a dental appointment. But I love my hygienist and her magic fingers.

Much as I would like to sit and veg all weekend, there are THINGS THAT MUST BE DONE. Herewith a list for your amusement. At the end of the weekend I will tot up the score. That ought to be even more amusing.

In no particular order:

  • Fix a few stain dribbles on the lodge floor where I got sloppy.
  • Finish the first exterior coat. (Weather dependent.)
  • Start and finish the second coat. (Weather dependent.)
  • Start and finish the clear coat. (Weather dependent.)
  • Test some of the clear coat on the fence to see how it looks.
  • Tidy my desk. I emptied my work pack, and it's all on the desk, and none of it goes back to work.
  • Start on my year end paperwork for my company. Completion will be nice, but starting is acceptable.
  • Clean and store a bunch of wine bottles. Some need bleaching.
  • Bottle the one wine kit that looks ready to go.
  • Run with a buddy. Gently.

I think that's enough, don't you? Plus this is all in addition to important things like making and drinking coffee, paying attention to cats, giving medicine to a cat which is getting to be more of a struggle every time, getting ready for work next week since they haven't told me to not come back. Plus I'm sure that the chicken in the marinade in the fridge will be on the BBQ sooner or later.

How many of you want in progress photos of the above activities? You must leave a comment to get photos. Or contact me on twitter.

Which reminds me, the Facebook withdrawal is going well. I'm on for a hasty scroll, (semi) witty comments where I deem necessary, then on to other things.

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