Monday, February 27, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Feeling Old Friday

Pretty in Pink?

Maybe not quite as pretty as you think.

In the United States, virtually everyone has seen the "pink ribbon" campaigns plastered on everything from make-up and cupcakes to t-shirts and fried chicken buckets, and recognize the symbol as a sign of breast cancer awareness.

It's certainly a noble cause, considering that if current trends continue one in 8 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lives.

Unfortunately, this cause is noble only in appearance; in reality, the multimillion-dollar company behind all those pink ribbons -- the Susan G. Komen Foundation – uses less than a dime of each dollar to actually look for a breast cancer cure... and that's just the surface of the problem...

Read the rest of the article here

Now this is Pretty in Pink

Long live Duckie (some language)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Today's Workout

Weather: 60, Sunny and breesy
Time of Day: 11:00am
Distance:14.23 miles
Time: 1:57:09
Pace: 8:14
Running Shoes: Nike Lunar Fly 2's in Black and Grey
SCD Running Shoe Ranking: 8
Comments: Awesome progression (progressively faster). 3 mile w/u (8:53, 8:44, 8:36). 10 mile progression run; decreasing each mile by 10 seconds per mile with last 3 miles at marathon pace, half-marathon pace, 10k pace. goal splits with actual in parentheses 8:50 (8:42), 8:40 (8:35), 8:30 (8:24), 8:20 (8:16), 8:10 (8:07), 8:00 (7:50), 7:50 (7:43), 7:40 (7:37), 7:20 (7:20), 7:05 (6:58). Last mile hurt a bit. 1.23 cool down at 9:21 stumbling pace.
Sure it might take me 5 minutes to get out of bed tomorrow and of course I'll be stumbling around like a drunk old man during the day until my legs loosen up. And so what if the living room was spinning for an hour after the run, it was like a free carnival ride...Bonus! And never mind that today is Ash Wednesday and it was a fast day (note to self - you can run 14 miles on a cup of yogurt and 4 shots of espresso). It. Was. Totally. Worth. It.

Drive Thru Ashes at Church?! Really?!

Ohio church offers drive-thru for Ash Wednesday

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio church is offering a drive-thru Ash Wednesday blessing for parishioners pressed for time or reluctant to come inside the church for the Lenten observance.
The Rev. Patricia Anderson Cook of Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church in suburban Cincinnati offered the ashes Wednesday evening for people of all faiths beginning around 5 p.m. in the church parking lot.......

Is this what we have come to? What's next drive thru confession? Communion? Maybe a quick shot with a squirt gun and call it a Baptism. Yo Padre I'll have the #3 combo - Absolution with a rosary on the side, and make that absolution a super-size cause mardi gras was a hum-dinger. And could you hurry up I gotta get home and watch Oprah reruns.

I gotta admit that I didn't know churches other than us Catholics did the ash thing. But the total tonnage of things I don't know is enough to fill the grand canyon or one of Roseanne Barr's dresses.

Be that as it may, is this what it has come to? Drive thru church? Are we really that busy that we can't get out of the car and go into the church for ashes? How long would it take for this chick playing church to actually trace a cross on someone's forehead, assuning it wasn't Herman Munster's.What is so important that we have to get on down the road for? See who Kim Kardashian is sleeping with this week? What drug Lindsy Lohan got busted for? Hit Starsux for a $6 Frappuccino Caramel Macchiato Mocha Soy Latte with skim milk of course. Turn on the news to see what civil right the Obama administration has violated now? (here's a clue, all of them have been violated by him)

This is almost as bad as the long lines at the McDonald's near our house. The drive-thru is bumper-to-bumper out to the road and the parking lot is empty. Hey people it would actually be faster to get your super-sized lard-butts OUT of the car, walk in, order, get your grease, and walk back to the car. At least you will burn a few calories and save a few quarters, no make that dollars (can't drill for new oil or import it from Canada in the land of the free), worth of gas.

Sigh, I am getting too old. When I was young I would have considered things like this just silly and something to be mocked. Maybe get in the car with some buddies and grab a few beers, drive thru the right Reverend Patricia's Ashes to Go r' Us (does she have a large black cross in the parking lot instead of golden arches?) and gotten my head tattooed up and told Patty she had a nice ash. Now instead of laughing it off it actually angers me......I am only one step away from being the old guy that sits on the front porch and yells at the neighborhood kids to get off his lawn and curses at the teens driving by in their rice-burners with the bass booming while playing their rap "music"

 Rev Pattie-kins finger painting foreheads....hey where has that finger been? And is she using the middle finger?

Priest Gives Obama's Mandate "The Finger"

Saw this on Danielle Bean's site first. Enjoy ;)

Friday, February 17, 2012

What Do People of Walmart do When Not in Walmart

Even though some Walmarts are open 24 hours a day, People of Walmart do have to leave at some point for other adventures.
Our crack staff of photogrophers have captured some of their more touching moments.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Heard Around the House

The Mom to CeCe (4) "If you lick your sister's hippopotamus again I am putting soap in your mouth"

Eric (4) and Kolbe (2) standing around the potty going pee. Kolbe has just learned to go standing up like his big brothers and thinks he is cool. Both boys peeing at the same time and shouting "Fire in the hole!"

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Today's Workout

Weather: 48, Sunny and breezy
Time of Day: 11:00am
Distance:14.17 miles
Time: 1:56:27
Pace: 8:13
Running Shoes: Nike Lunar Fly 2's in Black and Grey
SCD Running Shoe Ranking: 8
Comments: Great, bitchin', fantastic, inconceivable, wicked-awesome, rip-snorter, portentous, prodigious, staggering, stunning, stupendous, sublime, surprising, wonderful, wondrous, totally tubular! Felt great on that run. Last week i felt like old dog do-do that had been roasted over an open campfire. this week i was wishing the race was in 10 days. the whole run felt easy. felt like i could have gone 10 more miles. it was strange. felt sluggish on the warm up but once i kicked up the pace i felt fine. my avg HR for the run was a lot lower than the other times i have run this same workout. i run this on the same 14 mile course each time so its easier to compare efforts.
14.17 miles, 4 mile w/u, 8 miles at Goal Marathon Pace (7:50) actual splits: 7:51, 7:47, 7:48, 7:48, 7:42, 7:37, 7:45, 7:45. 2.17 mile c/d

This Is Why I No Longer Wear An iPod

ps-You know that it's not really me, right? I wouldn't be caught dead in a Starsux...or live for that matter

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day Dear

Since I am too cheap to buy you a real gift...

1. I love your soul
2. I love your face
3. I love your faith
4. I love your mind
5. I love being married to you
6. I love you body
7. I love your optimistic personality…even if it annoys me at times
8. I love that you homeshool our kids
9. I love that you have faith in me
10. I love the taste of the salt on your skin
11. I love waking up in the morning with your hair in my face
12. I love your smile
13. I love your hair…even when you cut it short, but don't get any ideas
14. I love you during labor
15. I love how hot you look when pregnant
16. I love that you stay home with the kids
17. I love that you support my working out
18. I love that you feel safe in my arms
19. I love how you cuddle up next to me in the winter for warmth
20. I love your laugh, the nice one, not the witch-like cackle
21. I love that you don’t like to go shopping
22. I love when you wear blue jeans and diamond stud earrings
23. I love you when you cry
24. I love that you can’t balance a checkbook and might not even know where we bank – that’s trust
25. I love to watch you sleep
26. I love that you don’t call me at work 20 times a day..oh wait I work from home now...
27. I love how you can nurse a baby and coach a soccer game at the same time
28. I love when you make my breakfast or lunch
29. I love when you rub my shoulders
30. I love when you hug me from behind
31. I love that you are the pick of the litter
32. I love when we pray together
33. I love that we are BFF’s
34. I love your eyebrows (plucked or not)
35. I love your warmth even though you are always cold
36. I love when you try and do new things on the computer
37. I love that you are more beautiful at 43 then you were at 16 when we met
38. I love how you are selfless
39. I love that I love your more today than the day we were married
40. I love TTN

41. I love when you wear know the ones
42. I love that you started working out and lost weight and are even sexier than normal

Nothing Says Love like...Sewage?

NYC sewage plant to offer Valentine's Day tours

NEW YORK (AP) - It may not smell like a rose but a New York City sewage plant is offering tours for lovers on Valentine's Day.
The tour host and superintendent of the Newtown Creek Wastewater treatment plant in Brooklyn tells the Daily News it'll be a unique date, and one that special someone will never forget.
Jim Pynn says the highlight of the tour will be the plant's giant egg-shaped digesters, which break down the noxious waste into harmless sludge and gas.
Pynn says each Valentine's Day visitor will get a Hershey kiss...and at least something to talk about.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Today's Workout

Weather: 38, Sunny and windy
Time of Day: 11:45am
Distance:11.37 miles
Time: 1:31:21
Pace: 8:01
Running Shoes: Nike Lunar Racers in Lime Green
SCD Running Shoe Ranking: 9
Comments: 3 mile w/u. 6x1mile at 7:25 with 1/4 mile recovery jog. actual splits: 7:31, 7:24, 7:15, 7:23, 7:20, 7:16. 1.37 c/d. Once I got the first one out of the way the pacing was pretty good. wiped out towards the end.Room spinning a bit when I got home.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Harvard names a restroom after an interesting alum donation

WASHINGTON - Professional sports teams often play in stadiums emblazoned with corporate monikers, but there's a new trend in the sale of naming rights: bathroom stalls.
A growing number of colleges and universities are getting some financial relief by naming restrooms after people who make large donations. Even the Harvard Law School now has a restroom named after alum.
William Falik, a Harvard Law School graduate, donated $100,000 to his alma mater. And yes, the pronunciation is exactly the same as the term used in Freudian psychology....." 

What a great new way for schools to get more money, as if the $50,000 a year Harvard charges wasn't enough, got a potty or body part for a name? Get a can named after you. What's next? The sink? Toilet Paper holders (that would seem appropriate at some colleges-stock them with the diplomas)? How about the Tampon machines? The Bertha Butz toilet seat. Ugo's Urinal. Paula's Plunger.

Every John, Dick and Harry must be rejoicing. Not to mention the Peters, Johnson's and Butkas'.

I wonder if you have to use your own name. Or could I have a urinal named after someone else? Like the name a star scam. Who you ask....oh I don't know who....maybe something like the Pelosi Potty.....or the Clinton Crapper....the Obama Outhouse......just thinking out loud. Or how about:: the Newt Necessary......the Romney Restroom.....the Santorum Shi...on second thought Santorum sounds like an euphemism for a bathroom all by itself.

Friday, February 10, 2012

What's Been Going On the Last 15 Months

  • Still crazy madly in love (with Sam, my wife of 23 years). Love that woman more and more each day
  • Sam is more lovely than ever. She has recently lost a significant amount of weight. She has gone from beautiful to gorgeous
  • I have still been running everyday and qualified for the Boston Marathon, which I will be participating in on April 16th
  • I work from home everyday now instead of just a few days a week...usually its a good thing
  • Still have 12 kids - we did have a miscarriage last fall
  • Our oldest child, Alexandria, finished grad school last May at age 21
  • Alexandria (22) was married last August and is living a few miles down the road
  • Josh (20) is home from the seminary and going to University of Maryland and studying Kinesiology
  • Caleb (19) is a junior at Towson University and studying Athletic Training
  • Lizzie (17) is a freshman at the local community college, Anne Arundel CC not the ghetto Prince George's CC
  • Barbara (15) is a junior home-schooled high schooler. She goes to a tutor school for homeschoolers two days a week
  • Joey (14) is a freshman home-schooled high schooler. She goes to a tutor school for homeschoolers two days a week
  • Robert (12) is homeschooled and in 7th grade
  • Dominic (10) is homeschooled and in 5th grade
  • Mary (8) is homeschooled and in 3rd grade
  • Cecilia (6) is homeschooled and in 1st grade
  • Eric (4) is terrorizing the household
  • Kolbe (2) is cute as can be and was recently potty-trained. First time in 22 years with no one in diapers...bittersweet

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Looking for skinnier skinny jeans? Try meat leggings

Maybe I should wear these for the Boston Marathon. It would sure make it eaiser for Sam to find me among the 27,000 other runners. Now all I need is a top to go with it.


"WASHINGTON - For those trying to find something skinnier than jeggings, search no more. A new pant goes straight down to the skin, and even farther.
Leggings designed to look like human muscle are now available at Australian-based clothing website The polyster/elastane pants will surely be the envy of all who appreciate skin-tight accoutrement......"

Maybe this shirt would work with it

Over a Year with out a Post

You can learn a lot from Pixar Movies...not sure which picture I am supposed to learn from though