Sunday, October 30, 2005


Went to Brad's work's corporate challenge. It was a benefit for CF. It was pretty neat. For the record, I cannot accurately throw a football. I can throw a pretty spiral that goes to a person, but I cannot throw into a hole. I also am not very good at shooting baskets. Ironically, I don't think Brad or I helped the 8 person 50 yard dash relay much, either. Most people, even those who never run, can run 50 yards fairly fast without stopping. We did well in the standing long jump. We both had problems with the 8 person jump rope. Brad was stuck on the end, so he had to jump fairly high. It was hard to get 8 people into a rhythm.
Today I had a long morning at the J. 2 classes, then 2 clients. Then I got my flu shot. I was ready to go to the grocery store on my way home, and I coudn't find my car key. I put in on its own ring a while back because the mechanic said I was wearing out the ignition with a heavy set of keys, and somehow just the car key came off. Fortuntely someone volunteered to bring me home because Brad was outside (and still is) tearing down the garage.
I am studying for my test Tuesday. Yesterday, I didn't get a lot of studying done. Got to finish up this afternoon!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 28, 2005

Had a GREAT swim this morning. I felt great. I felt slow and was slow on Wednesday. Today, I exerted a lot of effort and went faster than I have in a long time. And, just in case you didn't know, the pool is 25 m!!!!!
WU 400 free, 200 pull

I. 4 x 50 FR KK on :60
4 x 50 FR KK on :55
4 x 50 FR KK on :50 - all with fins and board

II. 4 x 25 fly :05R
3 x 25 back :05R
2 x 25 breast :05R
1 x 25 free :05R
2 x 100 IM :10R
1 x 200 IM :10R
2 x 100 IM :10R
4 x 25 fly :05R
3 x 25 back :05R
2 x 25 breast :05R
1 x 25 free :05R
Yes - no extra rest between these - yes - they got slower and slower

III. 10 x 100 FR odds fast, evens easy on 2:10
I swam all but one of the fasts under 1:40. Very exciting. One was 1:36. All that fly is helping my free!!!

CD 2 x (2 x 25 catch scull, 50 breast)
= 3500

Today, I am home studying for my multivariate exam. I think it is going to be hard!
I have a client, and that's it.
Did I mention this week has flown by?

Thursday, October 27, 2005

I am sorry the Astros got swept, but this picture is awesome. I thought baseball players were homophobic. I guess they are homophillic.
This week has FLOWN by. We have our second multivariate test on Tuesday, so this weekend will be big-time studying.
We are also doing Brad's work corporate activity get together. I told Brad I will be like Michael Keeton in Mr. Mom where he tries to beat Terri Garr's boss in the games by foulplay or extreme effort. That will be awesome.
Just waiting on the indictments....

Monday, October 24, 2005

Early vote

Early voting begins today and runs thru 11/4
Travis county voters can vote at any early voting location.
That Randall's on 35th has voting from 7-7 M-Sat, 12-6 Sun

Thursday, October 20, 2005

I woke up at 3:20 local time which is 5:20, my usual awakening time (if not earlier). So, I decided to go ahead and get up. By 4 am, there was someone else in the 24 hour workout room with me. It's 5:25, and the place was pretty full when I left.
My flights were fine. I didn't know the plane was going to stop in Las Vegas until I got to the airport. The people who got off the plane which was most of the people are the last people on earth I would want to spend time with. I was really hoping we didn't crash on an island between Austin and Nevada. Things start at 8 am, so I have plenty of time to shower, eat, and figure out what to go to today. I stand by my poster tonight from 5:45-8 pm. I hope there is a chair because that's a lot of standing. I could walk to the airport in the morning. The hotel is very close.
I almost didn't get to take a bath last night, but I MacGuyvered the plug - it didn't seal. It's a good thing because I brought about 3 pounds of epsom salt I was hoping to not carry back with me on the plane.

Just got back from the buffet. Ate my weight in fruit. This was an obligation due to the $11 price tag. Still have about 45 minutes until anything starts. People are friendly. I met two women from NMSU in Las Cruces last night. I noticed they have a health ed program. Maybe there is an NMSU branch in Northern New Mexico. Las Cruces is fairly unscenic and fairly hot.
First thing this morning I am going to a pres by one of Fred's former students. That one should be good. The keynote is a 10:30 and is about childhood obesity - the theme of the conference. The speaker wrote the book, Diabesity. That one should be good. A nap may be in order because it is 7:30 and seems like lunchtime. There is a "free" lunch/discussion that I am going to. One of the topics is adolescents and risk-taking. Sounds good.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

California, Here I come

Headed to Burbank tomorrow for the infamous ASHA convention. I hear it is really wild. I can't wait to take a bath in the hotel bathtub and watch cable tv. Oh, yeah, and put my poster up and all that stuff.
Rode my bike to school both days this week. It was really nice out this morning. Dry and sunny.
Ran 400's this morning. 10 at all-time record pace. Marie said it was 5k inexperience why I didn't perform up to snuff at the last one. I could go with that, but that means Brad suffered the same plight. We'll see at Race for the Cure....
Speaking of record times. I also did another 400 IM on Friday. In the meter pool at TLC. 8:12! This a a :46 improvement. I think I will definitely be ready for 2008 at this rate.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Weekend update

Went to Dallas this weekend to visit Lana and Ernie and go to the fair. We had a nice time. Ate my annual corny dog. The carmel apple was not up to snuff. The performing dogs were impressive.
Getting ready to go present a poster at my first conference in Burbank. I am excited. I am most excited about staying in the hotel and taking a bath. That is going to be awesome. Maybe someday we will have a stove and a working bathtub in our house. (Can you hear the violins playing the sadest song in the world?)
My swimming class students got a special treat last week - Neil Walker gave a clinic in two classes. He taught flip turns and open turns. He was very good, and the students enjoyed it.

Sunday, October 09, 2005


Please remember to vote on November 8. Please vote no to amendment 2 to ban gay marriage. It is a violation of civil rights to deny anyone the right to marry whoever s/he wants to. God made everyone straight, gay, whatever. Ironically, God even made James Dobson. (I imagine God is getting pretty ready with the lightening by now as much as Dobson has been misquoting God lately.)

Also, if you get picked to be on Delay's jury in Travis county, don't let us down.

Hodgkinson victory in Elgin

Brad and went out to our first extremely small 5k where we attempted to dominate. The cards were in my favor, but neither of us performed up to what we expected. Brad has been training a lot for his, and I have been doing track workouts which was more than I was doing this time last year. Brad won his agegroup, and I won overall female. We were about a minute slower than we expected, so, I think the course was long. Maybe we were coincidentally both not having a good day. I received a monopoly game called Elginopoly. Brad was not very thrilled with his performance, so didn't want to wait for his award, though I think we would have come home with TWO Elginolpolys if we had waited. We also didn't eat any sausage because you aren't hungry (especially for sausage) right after a 5k. The weather was cool, but not as cold as I had hoped. 60ish.

I feel 1 million times better than last week. I am still taking the prednisone and zyrtec and nasonex and getting regular acupuncture, again. This should keep me feeling good.

Thursday night I am going to Big D to go to the Fair! Yeah. And eat some great food and run at WR and swim at the TLC.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

This one we are going to use for our TOH remodel pic
This is me in Montana by the bear grass
This is the old garage that Brad had to go through extreme red tape for us to get a permit to tear it down

The new shed!
New shed 2!

feeling better

I have had a persistent sinus infection. went back to the doc yesterday and he put me on steroids. after 3 doses, I feel MUCH better. yesterday, I was achy, had a fever, stuffy, felt like doodoo. today, mentally, I feel SO much better, and physically so much better. i can see why they are banned. my voice is a little deeper, but other than that I feel fine.

had my first multivariate test this morning. I am pretty sure I made a 100. But I usually think I have made a 100 on most tests. after 19 years of test-taking, I still do not enjoy it. I am going to do something other than these kinds of tests when I get to be a big-time professor. I guess some people hate writing papers. I actually enjoy that. I have to say, after my comps were finished, and everyone told me how great I did, I actually enjoyed it.

have the first big 5k on saturday. I hope they don't drug test me! I will be illegal!!!! I wonder if prednisone taken for 2 days before a race is really a performance enhancement. I guess we can compare this time to my others and to one in a month when I will be "clean."

shana tovah! don't know how to spell it, but it means happy new year in hebrew. I celebrated by eating two bowls of matzah ball soup yesterday, and an entire reuben sandwich today. I know I am feeling better, because my appetite is back to normal. the matzah ball soup totally hit the spot for my congestion yesterday. it's more oniony than chicken noodle, and the carbohydrate balls make your tummy feel soothed.

well, I need to work on my poster for ASHA. Ironically, APHA was supposed to be in New Orleans in November. I really did not want to go, but my advisor had wanted us all to take a road trip together. I have never been to New Orleans. I will probably never go, now.

next week I am going to the fair! fun. and possibly a football game that coincides with my FIFTEEN year high school reunion (which should have been in June). we'll see about the latter.

oh, I haven't figured out how to post pics, yet. I will get on the links, soon

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

I moved

I decided, because I hardly ever play out anymore and my website was supposed to be primarily for my music biz, to move to a blog. Everyone has already done this except me. I will move pics over and things like that. Now, you still know what's up.