Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday Leftovers (Oct. 9)

As I head out to Nevada for the Ragnar Relay, here are some of the leftover thoughts from my week.

Word Association

This week's Word Association.

1. Yacht :: Boat
2. Paula :: Abdul
3. Delete :: Erase
4. Auto :: Mechanic
5. Obsolete :: Useless
6. Dedicated :: Committed
7. Old :: Fool
8. Convince :: Persuade
9. Poster :: Child
10. Erase :: Mark

Nothing out of the ordinary. No subliminal messages I'm trying to send to myself, though I'm not sure I've called anyone an "old fool" lately.

Long Beach Marathon

Sunday is the running the Long Beach Marathon, the one I briefly flirted with before ultimately deciding on the Ragnar Relay.

Anyway, I would be remiss if I didn't give a shout of support to my blog buddy and fellow Loper Angie Eats Peace. Angie joined the Lopers in 2008, ran her first marathon in February of this year (the 2009 Surf City USA) and Sunday will be her third marathon. She's an inspiration for certain, and I'm excited for her.

School Start Daze

Next school year will be monumental. Kennedy will start kindergarten next year, and Mrs. LB and I will officially begin a long life of having both of our daughters - ie all of our children - in school.

But when that year will begin remains to be seen.

Earlier this week, we got notice from our local school district about three possible drafts for next school year. You see, our school district has always started school the week of Labor Day. This year, that was on Sept. 10 as Labor Day was on the 7th. The drawback with that is that school won't let out this year until June 23, and I'm not exactly crazy about that. Apparently I wasn't the only parent who wasn't feeling this journey into summer.

Hence the need for a possible change.

The first one has the school year starting as it always has, on Sept. 9, the Thursday after Labor Day and letting out on June 24, 2011.

The second one has school starting a bit earlier, on Aug. 24 and letting out on June 9.

The third one is probably the most drastic, as school would start on Aug. 11 and let out on May 26.

I'm torn. Of course, it's not my decision but I might be willing to have school start early if it means they get out early. The May 26 end date is appealing. We'd have all of June and all of July off, that's June/July 2011. That would be much better than this year, when Yvie didnt' get out of school until June 18, and it'll be worse in 2010.

But Aug. 11 would be awfully early. That would mean Yvie would have about six weeks of summer vacation, and while she likes school and everything - she was begging for school to start so she could go to first grade - I'm not sure that would leave a lot of time for family vacations. But then again I might be in South Africa next June so I might prefer a quiet summer at home after that.

What will the district decide? Unfortunately, we won't know for a while. Well, they might decide something soon but the info may not make it to parents for a while after that. Stay tuned.

Nippin' Out

Guess what this is?

This is the inside of my Lopers shirt. Yes, we run in pink and yes, I've been running in pink for months now. I'll have to take a picture of myself with my pink running shirt on sometime soon.

Anyway, the stain you see on there is blood. It's courtesy of my nipple, and this is just another part of my neverending saga.

What happened a week ago was that I couldn't find the one thing that has worked for me thus far. I couldn't find the medical tape that I used successfully for my 11-mile run two weeks ago. And I didn't have my Body Glide, so I had to tough it out. I did, and it wasn't too bad. I "only" had a little bit of blood after my run. If you look closely on the far left of the picture, you'll see another tiny spot of blood.

So after I showered on Sunday, we went out to the zoo. The last thing I wanted to do was to walk around with tender nipples all day so I put on some band aids.

It worked, but it had a price.

There's some tiny bald spots on my chest. Luckily only my wife and daughters see me without my shirt on :)

Oh yeah, and TG I'd be happy to try out your suggestion. My e-mail address is buenodad at gmail dot com. Gracias!


Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

Our school district has been doing the mid-August start and Early June release for awhile. I'm used to it, but I'm always kinda jealous of kids that get to go back in September, since August feels so early.

BTW, the shirt and band-aid pics were gnarly, I wish I hadn't been eating breakfast while reading, lol.

5thsister said...

I just wanted to wish you well on your Ragnar run. It's tonight isn't it? Can't wait to read all about it!

Angie Eats Peace said...

Yikes, that looks so painful.

I think our district was toying with the same idea for changing the school calendar, but decided against it.

Thanks for the shout out, yo!

Willoughby said...

I'm a little behind in commenting. I know you've already finished the Ragnar.

Did you give any thought to the compression bandage or garments I suggested before? It would eliminate the friction. Not sure how comfortable it would be, but it might be something you could get used to. Just a thought!