Friday, January 17, 2020

Flu or Chest Cold?

Not sure whether it was just a nasty chest cold or the Flu, but I was totally out of commission for 3 days as a result.  That was not fun.  Last year I had a bout of food poisoning that laid me out for a full day.  Aside from that, I haven't been this sick in years.

If there was a silver lining - it happened during winter break so there wasn't anything pressing that I had to get up and go to the office to deal with. 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes - Quad Cinema

When I first saw the title to this wonderful documentary, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, I thought to myself that it had to be about Pat - and how could it have been filmed right under my nose with me utterly clueless about all those goings on?!

But at the film's premiere tonight at the Quad Cinema I discovered that there was a woman who loved giraffes a bit more than Pat.  That Anne Innis Dagg's incredibly story has finally gotten told is great news.  Not only is about a pioneering young woman's post-college quest to explore her love (giraffes), but it follows her to the post-Ph.d college tenure battles that wrongly denied her bid for tenure at not one, but 3 schools. 

Out of apparent defeat we often see positive life altering change.  In Anne's case she published what became the standard text on giraffes, continually updated and in use today.  And, after years of toil in relative obscurity, she finally received the professional recognition she is so deserving of. 


Pat (and that other giraffe loving woman) ;D

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Virtual Resolution Run 5K - 2020

I signed up for this on New Years Day - but didn't get around to running the 5k until this afternoon (dusk, actually).  My last few runs have been at night because I want to enjoy running by the houses that still have their Christmas lights up.  As one would expect, that number has steadily declined.  But, since it's midweek - the number still lighting up has held steady from last weekend's big drop off.  I suspect the last holdouts will come down this weekend :(

As for the run itself, I did a big loop of the area.  In it's increasingly annoying winter habit, my IPhone died just as I got back home.  Why it was annoying was because the temperature was in the low 30s - and even w/the wind chill bringing it into the 20's - a fully charged phone should NOT freeze up after 33 minutes -arrg.  I wouldn't be annoyed with the phone at all had it really been COLD - like the low 20's or below :O

Be that as it may, technical glitch aside - Strava still managed to record my run/time!

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Driveway Jumper Cables :O

I had a little fun today, to use the term loosely.  It's been a while since I had to jump start a car, but the car battery didn't want to cooperate.  That car had sat in the driveway, undriven, for a couple of weeks.  I guess the cold weather took a toll and it refused to start as a result.

But, once you've jumped started one car, you never lose that particular skill - even if it's been years since I last did it :D

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

A Few Merry Christmas Miles :D

Merry Christmas!

This morning I ran a not too chilly 5 miles.  Despite the frozen lake behind me, it wasn't cold.  The frozen landscape made it appear that way - but the upper 20's (and no wind to speak of) doesn't constitute running in the cold.  Having said that, I nevertheless stuck with tights and skipped digging out the shorts - haha!

Hope everyone has a great Christmas!!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Happy Festivus - 2019!

It's that time of year again - Festivus! 

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with yet another example of why Seinfeld was the highwater mark of sitcoms :D

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Happy Winter Solstice - 2019

Happy Winter Solstice - albeit a few hours early!  It formally arrives at 11:19 PM tonight.

I spent the last day of the Fall grading exams.  All that's left is for me to submit the final grades - and then my winter break will officially begin :D