Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Random Summer Thoughts

1. Why is it that no matter which direction I’m cycling, the wind always seems to be going the other way? I think while I’m at work, it does a little happy “let’s mess with Heather” dance and then switches directions, just in time for my ride home.

2. Speaking of cycling – aren’t you supposed to lose weight if you exercise in a sauna? Then why haven’t I lost twenty pounds cycling in 30-40 degree (Celsius, that is) heat these past two weeks? Especially against wind?

3. I need a haircut.

4. I tried to check out the liquidation sale at United Army Surplus during my lunch hour today, but the line up of people just waiting to get into the store wrapped all the way around the building. Apparently, lots of people are in the market for cheap camping gear. I’ll pass.

5. Why do hotdogs only taste good when they’re bought from a street vendor outside on a lovely summer day?

6. Do you know how weird it is to live nearly forty years of your life with a mother whose daily longing (not to mention pleading) it is that her children and grandchildren will come to visit, and then suddenly one day you find she can barely fit you into her busy social/travel schedule?

7. At the same time, it is a pleasure to see her so happy after a trip to Alaska.

8. In the final results, Marcel’s dragonboat team came in eighth out of 51 teams. Our team came in twentieth. He claims it’s because of their Metis heritage and all the canoes their ancestors paddled. I claim it’s because he was the oldest person on a team of young, virile university students.

9. Oops – I may get into trouble for calling my husband “old”. He tries to forget that most of the other students in his university classes are young enough to be his children.

10. My children have discovered that if they mix a batch of cookie dough, it’s more fun to eat the batter than to make the cookies.

11. The other day, while I cycled home, I was almost run over by a woman smoking a cigarette AND talking on her cell phone while driving a car. Woman, your lifestyle is NOT compatible with driving a car. Give someone else the keys.

12. Two more days of work before my holidays. Yay!

13. I want to sit on a beach, read a good book, sleep in a tent, hang out with my children, rest from an absolutely insanely busy month at work, help my sister celebrate her new house, go on an anniversary date with my husband, ride my bike WITH wind, glance back in my bike’s rearview mirror and see my children behind me, eat ice cream, enjoy an evening drink on our new little front yard patio, turn off the alarm clock, go on a road trip, sit around a campfire, watch butterflies, get my feet wet, and have a picnic. Not necessarily in that order.

14. This will be one of the first times I’ll take summer vacation without any “projects” in mind. I don’t plan to renovate any bathrooms, paint any bedrooms, or try to accomplish anything more significant than preparing an occasional meal.

15. One exception to #14 – I’ll help my sister move. But that will be a delight, not a chore.


Linda said...

The much needed vacation sounds like fun!

Anvilcloud said...

I understand exactly what you're saying about wind and bikes. I figure it always seems against you unless it's directly behind you and going faster than you are.

Karmyn R said...

Maybe you need to pedal faster. HA!

andrea said...

#11 -- I bet she was on her way home from the bar! :) Your summer sounds like a lot of fun, Heather. Enjoy the rest of it!

Liz said...

That sounds like a perfectly relaxing vacation!

And I agree that you should definitely be losing weight! Do your clothes feel looser at least? You might be toning those muscles, which is just as good as losing a few pounds, in my opinion.

Vicki said...

Ahh I like your list of things to do.

This week I got the bug that I wanted to go camping. CAMPING NOW! All the lakes around us are nasty yucky stinky because of the flood waters last month, so locally is out. Thought about going to Missouri where ther eis good trout fishing. Then I thought of sleeping in a tent in 90 degree weather. I'll wait until October. =)

Gina said...

It sounds like you will be having such a nice vacation!

Yeah, point that chick out to me and I will go beat her up for you. ;)

Lyndon said...

I concur with your items 1 & 2. It would be so much more pleasant to have a South wind in the morning and a North wind in the afternoon. I could almost coast to and from work then! But I guess that I should not grouch, since one of the reasons that I bike to work is for the exercise.

karla said...

mmm. One of my favorite childhood memories is eating cookie dough when I was baking with my mom. Speaking of cookies, I just baked a batch of cookies yesterday. I can't cook well, but I can bake a mean batch of coookies.

Oh and I hear you on the lineup thing. One of my motto's is that I refuse to stand in line to spend money. The only time that doesn't apply (unfortunately) is at Costco.

Enjoy your holidays Heather.

Michele said...

cookie dough is even better when it is slightly chilled.

Joyce said...

great list.
I guess that liquidation sale must be pretty good if people line up for it...

Happy vacation to you.

Pamela said...

we all know that muscle weighs more than fat... so exercise often masks the actual weight loss.

(wish I could say I was exercising something besides tongue and fingers)