Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone has a fun and restful day with family!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


The Garmin-Slipstream Pro Cycling Team announced their 2009 roster today. This may come as a bit of a shock to everyone, but I didn't make it onto the roster this time around. I know I know. You are all probably thinking "What happened?" Well I had a chat with CEO Jonathan Vaughters (in my head), and he said I should focus on entering my first race, getting a racing license, and logging some individual miles to beef up my legs.

All things considered, they are certainly better off without me. I was glad to see that my two favorite riders, Will Frischkorn and Christian Vande Velde, are returning for another season. I hope they have a great season, and that Will continues to blog about his experiences as a fairly new rider on the tour. I am willing to bet that they are by far the most fashionable pro team around right now. After all, argyle is the new vintage (not sure what that means, but just go with it).

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tomatoes and Pretzels

Liz doesn't eat the chunks of tomatoes in her soup because she doesn't like them. No one cares that she doesn't eat them. After all, why eat things that don't taste good. This has led me to my new personal rule. I don't eat pretzels anymore. I don't like them even a little bit, so why do I keep choking them down when they pop up in my chex mix? From now on, I will simply leave them in the bowl and eat around them. The only exception to this rule are those pretzels that Meredith made at school and brought to the marathon a year ago. Those pass. I will also try a pretzel or two if it is somehow the polite thing to do, but beyond that pretzels are officially rejected by me.

I got a new battery for my bike computer from Walmart. It is nice because it prompted me to finally correct the time and date on it. The bigger bonus was that I didn't lose all of my odometer miles (560mi now), so I don't have to start again from zero.

It has been brought to my attention that some people think that the video I posted last time is indeed cool. I guess I don't get you guys either. I still think it looks silly, but if it makes him happy I wouldn't want him to stop.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Yeah.. some things will never look cool

I must not see the vision.

Back on the bike

I wasn't real successful at biking this week, but I did get 45 minutes in today while watching some football. I bike computer went dead so until I get a new battery, I won't know how far or fast I went. Although a little annoying, it was also kind of nice not having to worry about keeping my speed up. 

That's about all from here. I'm going to make chex mix now. Yummmm

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Forgot the camera

I don't have any pictures, but I thought it was cool to watch the race. I didn't realize how common it was to fall over in cyclocross. Liz's only thought was "I'm cold."

Bike racing Saturday

Liz and I are going to campus this afternoon to watch some bike racing. There are a bunch of cyclecross races on campus that should be fun to watch. Hopefully I'll get some pictures to post this afternoon.

My odometer is at 545 miles right now. Now that I'm past 500, I'm working to 1000. 

School is in a bit of a lull right now which is super nice. I'm trying to work ahead a bit so that the end of the semester isn't so bad. I only have to run one more night screening this semester, and I'll have all the data I need for my masters. After that, it'll be onto analyzing the stuff and writing up the results followed by changing the world with my radically new ideas (maybe not)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Dislike for Child Disorders

I don't like one of my classes. It's one of those classes that requires a lot of outside effort, with very little knowledge gained in the process. It's all just busy work. Blahhh. 

On a bright note. I was able to get a ride in both on Saturday and today. That makes me just amazingly happy. Today's ride was a little rough on account of some coffee and chips I had eaten. It could also be that I inadvertently took last week off. The big biking moment was when my bike odometer clicked over to 500 miles. If I add the original 300+ miles I did before I had my computer it means that I am approaching 1000 miles. Crazy.



Friday, November 7, 2008

Over the hump

Well, I made it over a hump of the semester. I finished my paper, took my two tests, and am almost caught back up on other stuff like research. We'll see if I can ever actually get all the way caught up. There is an awfully big stack of papers on the couch that need grading.

I've been working a little extra at MFRI by helping with some interviews at the homes of national guard members. Overall I like it, but I really really dislike not getting home till later at night. 

Biking has been rough over the last week. I promised myself I would bike today, but when I got home at 8:30 I started on homework and haven't really stopped yet. 

Tomorrow I'm applying for a teaching position over the summer. I doubt they will give it to me since I am still working on my masters, but you have to try. Professor Nathan...... I like the sound of that :P

For my research I'm looking for short (~1min)  clips from movies that people might find offensive. If you think of any movies offhand that you watched that has scenes that could be construed as offensive, let me know and I'll go look at them to see if they'll work for the study. 

Back to work a happy grad student :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Weekend riding

I managed a weak showing of riding a total of 4 miles this weekeng. I did it while watching 10 minutes of CSI last night until I decided that sleep was much more fun than biking inside in the dark. 

School work won this weekend, but biking is gearing up for round two.