Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category

Rain on vacation

Most of today was rainy, but it allowed for me and Cece to get a really good nap in after lunch. She and I slept on our bed and it was awesome. 

We made sushi and another few dishes dishes for dinner. My parents and brother visited with their RV. We packed up the beach since we’re leaving tomorrow. It’s been a great vacation.

Running in the woods

Running up north is so much better than running at home. The roads are soft, the forest is lush, the miles come so much easier. I went 4 miles Sunday, 6 Monday and about 3.5 today. I plan to keep it up the pace.


We built the perfect bonfire last night. We sat around it as long as we could until the kids couldn’t stay awake anymore.

Up north week part 2

This we’ll be spending our time at the cottage relaxing and having some fun with the family. I plan to get all of the mowing and hard stuff done first so I can forget about it for the rest of the week. I also want to run daily. Today I ran about 4 miles. Tomorrow I can maybe do 6.

Wedding out west

We had an unofficial high school reunion in Western Michigan yesterday. It was a beautiful night and we got to see lots of old friends, which was awesome. Everyone is grown up, married and most have kids or plan on it. It’s fun to see where everybody is in their lives and to talk about our old lives too.


I had a great time working hard in Detroit yesterday. The weather was perfect, overcast and breezy. We made a huge dent in the overgrown lots on Burlingam. 

It’s really satisfying to put in a whole days physical effort and to so with so many other motivated people. I definitely want to be more involved with that.

Life Remodeled

Today, I’m going to Detroit to volunteer for Life Remodeled, a program to clean up vacant lots and make areas safer around the major high schools. I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be carpooling with Michigan engineers do that will be fun to talk to them also.

Bachelor Mondays

Last night, my kids and wife were at my in-laws because we needed childcare during the day and Jess had to be in training. This meant that she and the kids wouldn’t be home until 9. This reminded me of the time when she would stay at her parents every Monday night and I would have the house to myself. It’s nice. It’s quiet.

I miss everybody, but I almost felt overwhelmed with options on how to use this time. Last night, I went about my normal business of running, lifting and making dinner. But with my remaining time? I cleaned up and then just sat around. It wasn’t wasted – I felt like I could actually sit and relax and not worry about who was about to flip the dog’s water or who was about to smack their sister with a watering can.

Of course, I missed them and wanted them to come back, but I can definitely see the benefits of recharging during a few hours of uninterrupted peace.

Soccer Test

We found out that friends of ours take their kids to the park for soccer. She told us we should just come and see if Sully would be interested.

He wasn’t interested.

He spent more time on the playset and then going for a long walk down the trail.

I think we’ll come more often so he can get used to the idea and maybe next season he’ll want to play.