Thursday, December 25, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
So this blog thing isn't so easy. It would be if I could find something funny all the time. But alas, I can't. I'll give you a few updates so far. The first is Guitar Hero World Tour.
Okay, so I know what you are thinking... Guitar Hero is just a popular thing that I should have been playing about a year ago. Well, I hadn't ever actually played the game other than at a family reunion and that was the game Rockband. For those of you like me, Rockband and Guitar Hero are competitors and have slightly different benefits and drawbacks, but my Mom bought me the Guitar Hero World Tour version which is the first in the series to have the original songs and not the covers.It also has a drum set as you've seen from the above. The kids loved it. The game has a "beginner" level that lets you just strum or hit the drum set anywhere and doesn't kick you out if you miss a lot of notes. It's perfect for the kids.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sorry no pictures, but I ran the half marathon on December 6th. The trip, which I took by myself, was a short one but a good one nonetheless. I left school early on Thursday after my Materials Science test and flew to San Francisco where my flight couldn't get to the gate for about 15 minutes. It's already only a 30 min flight there so you can see how many of us were anxious. I missed my plan to Denver by about 2 minutes, but took the next available one 30 mins later. In Denver I had no problems (that I knew of) but the plane I was supposed to board didn't take off from Idaho Falls until I landed in Denver so the flight out was about 2 hours late. All of this was sorted out, crazily, but nothing was really a problem. Then finally when I landed in Memphis Friday morning (the 5th) at 12:22 my luggage didn't come out on the belt.
That kind of sucks. STILL I wasn't worried because Denver flies in to Memphis all the time. After a day of waiting, I got my bag late Friday night and was ready for the race the next day.
If you've ever run this marathon or half, you know that it's the rare morning SATURDAY run. Gassia drove me to the race and I was pretty much on my own. I had some friends that I met there and ran with them for a few miles.
All in all I had a GREAT run. I trained for 2:10 and ran a 2:18 officially. WAIT! I forgot to tell you that I stopped at mile 4 to use the potty. When I say, "potty," I mean #2 people! I HATE that part about running... having to go in the middle! UGH! Anyway, after the line... I probably took 5-7 minutes total there!
Once I was back in the race I ended up running a 10 minute pace and finished REALLY strong. I'm happy about it.
After the race, it didn't really feel like I had run a half marathon, it felt like a long run and that's it.
The flight back was great and I have only run 3 time since! Talk about a break! yikes! I have to jump on the wagon again!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I got an Xbox. Yep. Abbey said I could do it and I did. Am I an idiot? Yes, of course... but it's SO fun. I don't exactly play online, but I do sync it to the online content for the NBA game I have. It reorders rosters and stuff like that. Man, it's great. I used to spend HOURS going online and finding out the current trades and stuff like that. HOURS. This was before I had children, but that's not the point. I got two games with the Xbox and bought two others.
Here's a picture of Hannah singing the new Disney "Sing It" game. It's like Rock Band or whatever but only the vocals. If you get another mic, you can do duets, etc. It's all songs from the "tween" movies that Disney's produced lately and also includes Miley Cyrus songs (with and without the Hannah Montana outfit). For the record, Kung Fu Panda and Lego Indiana Jones are pretty darn fun too.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Don't get me wrong, I like my time. Excuse the history of Josh lesson, but I ran 3 half marathons last year (St. Jude in Dec 2006, America's Finest City in Aug 2007, and the Silver Strand Half in Nov 2007). Then I held off from running a few more since I was moving during the summer sometime of 2008. I did run a 5K everyday from Thanksgiving to New Years and did a few small things to challenge myself.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Maggie and I did just over 4 miles and she kept wanted to cross the streets leading back to our house. I don't think she realizes it's just an (extended) block we are running around, but that's okay. We've run Monday and today so she's happy. I have duty today so I have to be in very early tomorrow so we won't get our Wednesday run in, but I'm okay with it (if Abbey can stand the unexercised dogs!)
There's a new blog I stalk on the right side, "I Signed Up For This?!?" Pretty funny and a prototypical blog. I think it's great.
Class is postponed for this week. I have to catch up and do the lesson(s) that I put off last week. I very much like the point of the class and Abs and I are sitting down twice a month to discuss our financial status. Dave helps out... so does my class.
Since the holiday is fast approaching, so is the San Diego heat. It's AMAZING to me how the winds change and one day it's overcast and cloudy and the next day is 85 and humid. Man... I really feel like Dad. He watches the news (really the weather) every day. I'm finding myself doing the same so I can plan how early I have to go to bed. Which tells me when I have to wake up to run...
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
With that said, I didn't work out this morning like I planned. Monday started well with work, and I seemed to have a good handle on stuff when half my staff is gone or on travel. I'm in between sessions with work so I need to do a few things with Algebra class, kinda like Spring Break right now! Only much less cool.
We got confirmation that one of the dogs we've been looking at is available this Friday and if everyone gets along, we can take him home. His name is Carter and he's a liver spotted Dalmatian.
We will be going to see him around noon, so I hope the yard is ready. There's much to do in that backyard!
Otherwise the night was well.
There was a brand new "How I Met Your Mother." It was awesome! And I went to bad happy.
UNTIL! The frickin doorbell rang at 3:30 in the morning! Let's do the math, shall we?
Hmmm... Monday is St. Patrick's Day.
Hmmm... San Diego has quite a few Irish.
Hmmm... San Diego also has quite a few young sailor and marines.
Hmmm... I live on a Naval Base.
Wait! Naval Base! You can't just walk up to my door! No way! Not unless you are:
1) Base Police
b) My neighbor
4) Drunk and Lost
Take a gander at which of the idiots would KNOCK on my door (knock being the operative word here)...
I'm a nice guy... I took him to his barracks. BUT MAN AM I TIRED TODAY!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
In fact, this is a picture of my run today. It was GREAT! I got a new pair of shoes after my class ended on Thursday, and my knees weren't recovering as fast, so I tried to calculate the milage in the shoes I was wearing. Pretty much about a year's worth of running. For me that was 2 half marathon's plus the 5K-a-day I ran in December and the 100 miles I ran (so far) in 2008. SO... I needed a new pair... badly.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I probably should explain how these things work too. We had 73 AZ and IZ's. To break it out there were 35 AZ's and 38 IZ's. Plus 67(?) BZ's. The BZ's just get a "look" and then it's see-you-later-aligator. Mostly because when they become IZ's they will get scrutinized and have their turn. Anyway, the promotion rate was 90%. Which is good. But remember that's 90% of the IZ's. Which can be bad. 90% of the IZ's was 34, so if an AZ or BZ gets picked then the rate of IZ's goes down. Clear as mud? If so, please call and I'll explain it to you.
Anyway, we had some great records that did well and others whom should have probably gotten picked but those are the breaks. Since the SECDEF says I can't say any more, DON'T ASK!
I'm still in TN, but will fly out tomorrow. That will be fun. The girls are flying out today. I really missed them this week and I'm glad we were able to come out. We bought the tickets before Christmas so I hadn't been on my Dave R plan yet... so it's like a benefit, but there won't be anymore until we save up the money and buy with cash!
I only ran ONCE this week... pathetic! I did impress myself with the run. 34 minutes for 4 miles. That's pretty good. 8 and change per mile. Wish I could download it on my Nike+. I think it would really show a huge downslide there. In fact I know it will.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
What happened was... I was selected for this years O-5 selection board as a recorder. In a nutshell, I scrub the records of about 100 O-4's whom are all "in-zone" for the possibility of being promoted for O-5. Then, next week when all the admiral's come to actually make the selections... I'm allowed to take copious notes in the tanks where they vote each and every officer's record for promotion. I think there are about 4500 officers total, but some of them are above or below zone.
Zone is simply math on when you are up for promotion. It's a big math game that I can explain later if you are so inclined to learn.
The reason I'm stating "Christmas in Millington" is... when scrubbing officer's records, I've found MANY MANY errors. I'm unaware of how much these guys really care... but, if there was ANY indication that an officer had an award, you put it in their record. That's good, especially if there are mistakes. When you give the guy the benefit of the doubt (because you can't prove it wrong...) it's CHRISTMAS again!
I flew to Memphis last Sunday so I only saw the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl. I heard the commercials were good.
I've NOT listened to any Dave and only run twice. BAD WEEK! My runs were only about 4 miles each.
By the way... I'm reading "Salem's Lot" by Stephen King. Scary as hell.
In case you are an avid weather person... yes, the tornados that struck Tennessee and Mississippi early this week were RIGHT smack in the middle of where I was. It was neat.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Otherwise I'm doing well. I finished "I Am Legend" on Sunday and it's playing at the base theater. I may go see the movie to see how it stacks up against the book. The book is pretty money (and short too) and I liked it immensely.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wow... I just realized when you put thoughts on paper it doesn't make sense to say some things first and then explain the obvious in the next thought... it's not like talking.
Anyway... "The Dave Ramsey Show" is now my new favorite radio program. Unfortunately I live in San Diego and subscribe to Dish Network. Neither of these give me access to the show on a regular basis... so I can't get it through something I already pay for.
BUT, those brilliant folks at iTunes give me one hour (without commercials, so it's like 40-42 minutes) of the show for free. TOTALLY WORTH IT! I laugh, I have empathy, and I can think about financial things that affects me. I used to liken it to my grandfathers advice, and every now and again, Dave will say the phrase, "We'll give you the same financial advice your grandmother used to, only we'll keep our teeth in!" If you don't listen, I can't urge you enough. I happen to listen to it while I run.
Speaking of running... for those that DON'T know me, I've been a big runner since high school but I quit when I started graduate school and throughout most of the early part of my Naval career.
So... about... let's see... 2001 through mid 2006... about 5 years. Goodness! I didn't realize it was that long of a time, but Bridget guilted me back in to it and I ran my first half marathon in 2006.
Now I run quite a bit! I ran 3 half marathons over a year-long period (December 2006 through November 2007) and Matt Cegelske "challenged" me to run 3 miles a day during the month of December.
So I streaked... I did AT LEAST a 5K during the month of December. I hated it the first 4-5 days, but after a while Abbey would push me out the door because I would "need" to run. You'll have to ask her what that means. I still don't know.
Currently I'm trying to run 20 miles a week. 5 miles 4 times a week. Sometimes I get there... sometimes I don't... for example last week I did around 19. It just so happened that I didn't run quite 5 miles each time. It was most likely because lately I've been running fast, and for only around 45 minutes. I'd say I run somewhere between a 8:30-9:30 pace. Since I'm really only doing "maintenance" miles I'd say that's too fast. What do you think?