Saturday, July 30, 2005

He did it!





Kieran finally nailed it - he can ride his bike! We are so proud of him and he is SO proud of himself.

Last night he and Jason practiced for about an hour after dinner and it just clicked. He had a hard time being able to push off by himself and to just get going but as soon as he figured that out, he became an instant pro. The first thing he said to me this morning was "Mom, can I ride my bike now?" I told him not until he got dressed and ate some breakfast, for crying out loud. He was still in his jammies!







My baby is growing up.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Gorgeous Day






It is lovely today. So, I took the kids to Nicollet Commons Park and we had a ball. The played in the sprinklers and in the water. It is an awesome park. We had a picnic and Chloe was furious when it was time to leave. Poor kid. She fell asleep in the car before we could get 2 blocks from the park.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Marathon training update

Marathon training is still coming along fine. On Saturday, I ran 13 miles, which is half of the marathon. The week before I had trouble running the 12 miles and was worried that maybe I wasn't cut out for this. However, I thin it must hav ebeen due ot being jet lagged coming back from Israel, because I really had no problems doing the run this time. This week, I come down in mileage for my long run to 10 miles, but then next week I jump up to 15. I guess the program has you come down to give you some extra rest for when you make the big jump. So far this program has worked out for me, so I have no doubts it will see me through until October 2nd. Oh, by the way, carrying 2 hours worth of sweat on you is not fun for when you finish the run. I really need to get me some non-cotton running clothes.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Chloe discovers sand...


Hot freaking summer


Minnesota is experiencing a heat wave. Here is a bit I copied from our local NBC affiliate:
To give you an idea of just how hot it has been lately, consider this:

It hasn't been below 70 in the Metro since July 8th.

The last time we saw eight consecutive days without rain and temperatures this high was 1936.

The longest stretch the state has ever gone with without rain is 14 days. That was 70 years ago.

So yeah, it has been hot. I was babysitting three kids (in addition to my 2) on Friday morning so I decided to have a Waterpalooza. It was 80 degrees by 10am! We set up two blow up pools, the slip n slide and Chloe's new water/sand table. There were squirt guns, buckets, and other various means for carrying and splashing water. The kids had a blast but it was exhausting heat. Chloe had had it after an hour so she zonked out for a nap by 11 am. That was great because she didn't wake up until 2:30!

Today I am going to my Mom's Club Dish Up. We are preparing 5 meals for $50. It is a really cool and economical idea some gals in my group had. We hold it at my "villa" clubhouse. So I'm looking forward to that.

I'm so glad Jason is home, although I am really irritated with hearing him complain about gaining weight. I know it is frustrating to gain back weight that you have worked so hard to lose but I have so far to go that I'm just jealous. He does seem to gain really easily but he still looks fabulous. Today he is running for 2 hours - which is just insane. I can't imagine that. The marathon is in Ocotober so he has a lot of training ahead of him still. I've decided to start running again in the Fall. I'm going to try to drop 15 or 20 lbs. first so my hips don't hurt so much. Mabye by this time next year I'll be running a 3-5K. One can dream.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Date update

I got Roberto's dates. However, they weren't the same ones as last year. These ones were the ones in the package that I didn't like as much and then there are some that are split open and filled with nuts. I am a broken man.

Oh, by the way, I am alive. There was a suicide bombing in a town about 30 minutes from the Allot office at a mall. I think about 3 were killed and 70 wounded. Not sure if the news of it made the U.S., but if it did, don't worry. Even the Palestinian leader called the bomber an idiot, saying they are setting back relations. It is a shame that people feel they have to do this kind of stuff.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

5 days and still no dates...

I have been in Israel for 5 days now and the maid still hasn't brought any dates to my hotel room. Roberto, my co-worker has his, and I am without. All hell will break loose. The problem is I feel silly going to the front desk asking for my box of dates and I never see the maid, since I am at the office when she drops by.

I am still enjoying my time here in Israel, but I am anxious to see the family and get back home. Also, NCAA 2006 is out for the XBox, so I would like to pick that up and get some LSU football going. That and the new Harry Potter book come out this week, though I am not sure I will get the book just yet, since I have been reading my CCNP book.

Well, I should probably start paying attention in this meeting. I am currently in a room with people from the following countries: China, Russia (though he lives in Singapore), Finland (though he lives in Spain), Germany, England (though she lives in Israel), India (though he lives in Japan), and the U.S. (he is Puerto Rican). Certainly an interesting meeting.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

The Center of the Religious World

I took a sight-seeing tour of Jerusalem today. Although I am no follower of any particular religion, it certainly was interesting traveling around a city where three major religions choose to place their focus. Israel is in many ways like America in that it is a melting pot. Just walking around the old city, they have it divided into Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Armenian quarters.

In one day I managed to see the Wailing Wall, King David's tomb, Jesus' tomb, Mary's tomb (for those Greek Orthodox out there), the spot where Jesus was crucified, the spot where Judas betrayed Jesus, the spot where Jesus was cleansed for burial, the room of the Last Supper, and various Muslim things which weren't gone into very much.

One thing I find amazing is watching the people that are really into their particular faiths visit these areas. You see people kissing all these spots, praying, bowing, etc. I guess I am just intrigued how people can visit one place and take different experiences from it. Where I found myself thinking how much it must have sucked to be crucified and wondering what the city looked like back then and just generally amazed at the history of my surroundings, people around me are practically on the verge of tears and are overwhelmed with emotion. And we're both looking at the same thing. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose.

At any rate, I am glad I went on the tour and can say I went to some of these places that many would love to go to. I have plenty of pictures which I can share, as well, though I couldn't take any of David's tomb or the Wailing Wall because it was Saturday. Hell, you can't even write next to the Wailing Wall on a Saturday. It was kind of neat seeing all those little notes tucked into the cracks, though and I can say I touched the wall. And who knows, if the Wailing Wall really is the division between man and God, perhaps just that touch might have helped me out some. I sure could use the help.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Shalom from Israel!

Just wanted to let everyone know I made it in safe and sound. Got in right on time and finally got parked and into my room a few minutes ago. The flight was smooth, though I was sitting next to a very large man who took up some of my seat. I tried to pretty much sleep the entire time, so it wasn't too bad, though I wish the seats would lie back more.

The last time I came to this hotel, they provided an assortment of dates in my room (the food, not hookers) and I don't see them this time. Maybe I will ask at the front desk. I was looking forward to them. Well, I better get unpacked and all so I can go to dinner. I will write more after I get back from Jerusalem tomorrow.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

It's been a while...

When I created this blog, I had hopes that Ashley would keep it updated pretty frequently, but that isn't quite working out, so I figured I better jump in here. So, what's going on in the world of Jason? Well, I don't think I mentioned it, but I am going to be running in the Twin Cities Marathon on October 2nd. I never thought in my life I would ever try to do such a thing, but here I am. I have enjoyed the distance running I have been doing and instead of doing the sane thing and going to run in a 5K or 10K race, I figure I should push myself and just jump right into running 26 miles. Honestly, I could go run a 5K race, but it wouldn't be that rewarding since I have been running around a 10K distance for a while never every other night. Well, I have had to stop that to do my marathon training program. It basically builds you up each week; increasing your mileage. I actually had to slow down what I had been running in order to start the program. I never thought I would say that running 3 miles is too easy.

At any rate, the long run in week 5 which I did today was a 10 mile run. It felt really good, though I was starting somewhat tired by the end. That is mostly because I didn't stop for a break, which I would do during the marathon. I am aiming to walk while I drink my sports drink about every 6.5 miles. If you are interested in the program, I am following the one at http://www.halhigdon.com/marathon/novices.html. If you want to follow my progress, I just did the Saturday 10 mile run on week 5.

This Thursday, I leave for another trip to Israel. This one is a little over a week, unlike the 2 weeks I spent the last time. I plan on taking the tour to Jerusalem this time, just to check it out. Sure, I am not religious, but history is interesting and this area is very old. I will be renting a car as well, so I will be doing my first driving over there. They drive fairly crazy, so it should be interesting. Last time I went, the guy I went with drove everywhere. I will try to update the blog very often while I am there and give you updates on my time there. It is a very lovely country and I enjoyed the last time I went there very much. It is too bad we haven't invented teleportation yet, because the plane ride sucks. I fly to New Jersey and then take a 10 hour flight over there. It is almost 12 hours on the flight back. Not fun. Luckily, they are overnight flights, so I at least get to sleep. I pretty much slept the entire way both ways last time.

Well, that is all for today. Going to have a desert to reward myself for the ten miles today.