Monday, November 16, 2015

Ugly Sweaters

Did you see that most stores now sell mass produced "ugly sweaters"?  

Ben and Rose with their epic twin ugly sweater back in 2011

All of the fun and joy that's evolved and grown out of silly traditions like this gets swallowed up by the ones who love the mighty squeeze of the dollar. It will wring our Master Cards until every last nickel and dime falls out of this trend, leaving a million brand new, factory made 'ugly sweaters' to beautify the landfills with.

God bless the mighty dollar, am I right?

People used to have to go out to the thrift stores and actually work for their fun. Now Walmart and the gang have caught on. They've bottled up all of the silliness and hung it up on their racks for us to buy so we don't have to have any fun looking for those ugly sweaters.

What a world!

Who knows what other surprises the shopping malls and the television commercials have for us this winter.

Next thing you know they'll put wifi in our cars so that our poor kids won't have to look out of the window.

For me? My ugly sweater will remain to be this crappy looking Oilers pullover. For many obvious reasons.

Ugly since 2007

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

94 to go: Running through too 2016

Just a little more self-encouragement for my running goal.  If you plan a goal and are proud that you're still working towards it then feel free to tell people about it, right?

The Facts:

- I am 94 miles away from a mile a day in 2015.  

That'll be 365 miles in 2015.  I've got to pick up the pace here, but I think I can do it.

- Since January I have lost between 25-30 pounds.

Some of my clothes have lasted for over a decade, so it's nice to have them fit comfortably again after a handful of generous years.  I've burned off over 55 000 calories while running so far.

- My aches and pains are minimal.  

Something I learned from the old folks in China.  They'd be outside every morning stretching their legs, slapping at the blood in their arms, and dancing around in circles.  I think I've kept things loose and that's kept me mobile.

- My mind is clearer

I have to admit that running really helps me mentally and emotionally.  The constant rhythm of the steps, the arms swinging to the tunes.  It all melts off me and away.  When I miss a week of running I find myself lethargic, and in many ways short with Barbara and the boys.

I have dealt with mild depression issues (who hasn't?  Geez!) for a long time now.  I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that, as an introvert, I spend most of my time in my own mind.  It can get stale and stuffy in there.  Running is like throwing the ol' mind back on the hamster wheel.  Or maybe it's more like a water slide.  If I do it more often the dang thing won't get so sluggish all of the time.

In all, I recommend exercise.  It's tough at first, but it really does get easier.  Set goals.  Reach them and then set more goals.  Read books about runners.  Rich Roll.  Scott Jurek.  Christopher McDougall.  Be you, don't compare.  Give yourself grace, then build discipline and get out there again.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

This Election Year

This election year I'll do what I always do, because that's what I always do 
and why should I change for anybody else?