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Breakfast table observations

Hmm…don’t know if the simply moving to another place and doing something a little different is really making a difference. So I’m trying this experiment of not eating my breakfast in front of the computer in the morning. Want to be a little more mindful of what I’m eating in the morning. I’ve been eating in my “dining” room next to the kitchen in the mornings now for the past two days. I have noticed a couple of things.

⁃    The room is warmer than the computer room. Benefit with all this cold weather we’ve been having.
⁃    My big ass table, needs to be cleared of all the construction junk. I’m doing that tomorrow night.
⁃    Those folding chairs I got. Cheapo, but not comfortable. I just wish 4-6 chairs were not so expensive. IKEA or start looking for used.
⁃    The lighting is for blind cave newts. Must. Improve.

I think that some of this is starting to show a bigger picture for me. One is that the tasks that are need to be completed for my “cascita” is a long list and I think I a have been overwhelmed by it. The list of tasks are many and I haven’t made that list. Not doing that, it ends up getting forgotten and then my mind mentally blocks it from my conscious. I’m then left with a incomplete place. It’s not like the tasks are hard…quite easy really. I just need to make the list and start checking it off.

LIST OF HOUSE TO DOs: (subject to change)

Dining room:
•    clear off table
•    new chairs
•    new over head light/lamp
•    replace paper blinds with “real” blinds
•    drape/curtain for back door
•    cover up outlets/holes
•    get recycling bins and move outside

•    find drape for window over sink
•    hanging shelf for pots/pans

Living room/entrance
•    Get a sofa
•    Get some shelves
•    put away boxes
•    get small drapes for door and small door side windows

Computer room
•    encode CDs/tapes/LP’s to digital format (long term project!)
•    clear away papers from filing cabinets, file them away!
•    replace ceiling fan or get it to stop squeaking
•    put up drapes
•    Install bike hook [ceiling] inside

•    Drapes (this room first, if only)
•    Check floor boards for air leak! (check out rugs from Garden Ridge (supposedly cheap)

Get protective bags and boxes to store stuff up in attic
Finish stripping inside doors, repaint, and re install inside house.

Install back porchlight
Change up light switches for backyard light and kitchen light and back room light.

Another observation to note as of late: My excitement about having met a most interesting young lady. At the first glance, she is a completely different “cut” for me. I think that one major thing to illustrate is that we don’t have so much in common in our “external” interests. Although that has yet to be discovered, it IS still early… BUT we do share a major interest on the INTERNAL. That of doing the “personal development”. That inward looking, searching, fixing/correcting, working on. Making a connection on this level is a new experience for me. For the past relationships I have had, connections on the external, Music, Photography, Sex, Art, while consuming and intense, ultimately failed for lack of being able to look beyond. Or unable to be supportive or trusting. Granted there were many issues and this is simplifying it, the point is there. I’m certainly gonna take notice. It also helps that she’s a totally cutie.

Too long gone…

Now it’s just a shame that I haven’t been here in too long. So much has happened since my last real entry.

First off, I did complete the MS150 back in April. Unfortunately, the first day of the race was rained out! The entire halfway point campsite got washed out! I luckily hitched a ride with Bayou City Outdoors and camped out with them. The following day they took me and quite a few others to the start site and we were off! It was not my best ride, but considering that I didn’t get a chance to ride the second day LAST year, it was a nice new route to me. Tons of people were out there. Still an amazing event. Total money raised for MS, around $1700!!! Thank you to all my sponsors, ya’ll were tremendous!

After the MS150, I took a break from much of my Athletic activites. I finally found a new place to live and have moved! I spent about 2 months getting the place fixed up. New coats of paint, new outlets, switches, closet shelving, etc…there is more to do, but I am now living in it. And that’s a good thing! I need to get some pictures up soon.

Back at the Marathon training. I’m training again with USA Fit, Houston. They have graciously made me an assistant coach in the yellow pace group. That’s been great! I made registration for the 2010 Houston Marathon. Lucky, considering that the full marathon registration list sold out in 48 hrs. I also am registered for the MS150 ride again. This time I got early registration priority due to having raised over $1000 from last year. Hopefully I can do that again this year!

So now, I’m up to CURRENT events…
Today is my birthday day. Nice even number of years at 38! Humorously, my scale in the bathroom has been set to 38 for over 6 months now, because I forgot I was 37! I was wishing my life away!!

Yesterday was the Houston Half Marathon. 13.1 mile around the Allen Parkway loop. Me and about 3000 other people. In 2007, my first year to run it, I finished in 2hr and 22mins. In 2008 I finished in 2:13. This year, I finished 1:59:49! A new PR!! Definitely awesome time!  Today after work I’ll be going to go and get a massage at my fav body work place, Kinetic Bodyworks. They do amazing work! Afterwards my sister and I will head on over to the Grand Luxe for some dinner, if it still isn’t raining too hard tonight. Sounds like a good day.

Garage apartment.

(updated 4/27/2009)

I am looking for a new residence here in Houston.

What I’m looking for:

Garage apartment
700 sq ft min.
$850 max montly
central AC
somesort of off street parking

window units

Areas of town preferred:
Garden Oaks
Oak Forest
Museum District
West University/Rice

I’m not in a rush. I’m looking more for the perfect place, rather than just leaving where I currently am.

Have info? Have questions? Contact me. (832) 567-0974 is my number if you got something hot. Thanks everyone!