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Old life vs New life

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I went to lunch the other day with my "gym rat" (this is what triple S calls them) friends after a great workout. We were sweaty and smelly and smiling.

Part of me feels bad when I do this. I'm not pretty post workout. It might actually ruin some one's lunch.


Who am I kidding. I don't care if their meal is ruined. I'm selfish like that.


After a little while another group of smiling ladies came in. They were wearing suits and heels and although I didn't check I would guess they smelled much nicer than I did.

While my ladies talked about protein shakes and the "insanity challenge" I couldn't help but remember a time when my conversations revolved around process management and synergy.

I sat at a desk all day and counted the minutes till coffee break with my fellow cubicle dwellers. I don't want it to sound all bad. I liked my job. I was good at it. I liked the mental challenge. Sometimes I even liked the problems.

There is something very …

Watch out Russia, Japan is catching up.

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Remember when I got all excited that Russians were reading my blog?

Of course you do.

You study and read this blog with a religious fervor usually reserved for SAT prep or Jeopardy contestants.

Well those Crazy Cossacks better start clicking more often because Japan is hot on their tails.





So ありがとう Japan.

and







Попробуйтебольше Russia!



(all translations done with Bing. In case there was some doubt about my multi lingual skill level)

I'm not sure I was the right choice for the job.

So you guys are aware that I teach preschool these days. (Adding this to my resume makes it seem like I have a multiple personality disorder.)

Sometimes around town I run into some of the little kids under my expert tutelage.

This week I had three such encounters.

1) "Hey I just saw Miss Ronnie playing soccer and she knocked down someone."

Not necessarily a bad statement until you qualify it with more details. I was coaching my 8 year old son's team. Yes, that is right. I shoved an 8 year old to the ground. I don't care if your only 4 feet tall. I'm not going to loose.

2) "We saw you driving. Mom said you went fast." This woman is married to a race car driver.

I might have mentioned before that I'm an 'aggressive' driver. That I like to go fast. I don't speed as much any more because I have kids so instead I just treat every green light and stop sign like it's a drag race.

I think I should be relieved that there was no mention of my …

How I spent my Spring Break

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Lets start with a little multiple choice.

Is this:


A) The worlds most expensive popcorn kernel.
B) The reason we didn't see dinosaurs or go swimming.
C) The thing my daughter shoved in her ear.
D) All of the above.

If you picked D you would be correct.

What? Why would a five year old shove a corn kernel in her ear?  I have no idea.


What I do know is that sometime Monday night she found this item in the playroom and put it in her ear. Of course she didn't say anything till I got home from the gym Tuesday morning.

Natalie: Mom I have to whisper something to you.

Me: What Nan? (I lean in close. Not that I need to. Natalie doesn't whisper as much as she Drunk Whispers.)

Natalie: There's a nut in my ear.

Me: WHAT?

So I pull her into my bathroom and sure enough I can see something pushed in there. After a quick poke with tweezers I accept that this is beyond my skills and call the pediatrician. Of course they can only see me if I can get there in 15 minutes.

I've talked about my …