Today, it finally happened–my 8+ year-old Chaco flip flops finally had a fatal blowout in the right toe strap. These things are vintage at this point, as Chaco’s manufacturing quality has declined and they no longer even offer thin, flexible flip flops with “outboard” straps like this. These things were used as full-blown hiking shoes on our rafting trip down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon, hundreds of miles of Austin walkin’, and even served as pretty good running shoes chasing after Paul on his bike. I have some serviceable replacements, but they’ll never live up to these guys.
Last Tuesday we dropped the kids off at Travis Heights elementary for their first *real* day of school–Paul in kindergarten, Annie in first grade. It fulfilled a dream born years before where we imagined walking school age kids through Stacy park to drop them off. We have arrived at that future!
I impulse bought a DJI mini 2 because I had a Costco giftcard burning a hole in my pocket. Took it to Kerrville this weekend and played with it a bit. It’s a lot of fun, but this pilot needs some practice!
One year and two weeks after the world ground to a halt due to Coronavirus, and on the third day of availability in Texas, I got my first shot of Pfizer vaccine yesterday. Science is amazing.
Somewhere midsummer, I felt like I needed to set a goal for something. I looked at my running stats for the year, which had been trending up since the beginning of the pandemic, and it looked doable to hit 1000 miles for the year. I told myself, “that’s less than three miles per day!” It seemed achievable in a healthy way without breaking any hips or anything.
I’m proud to say that I hit my goal on December 18th with an easy lap around the hike and bike trail:
Stats for the 1000 miles: 216 runs. 147 hours. 2.8 miles / day. Average speed 6.8 mph or 8:49 min/mi.
What I’m most proud of is that I had no injuries all year. Here’s to many more injury-free years of running to come!
These are two of more than a dozen video messages Annie sent me from upstairs on Duo. Really covers a range.
Leslie had the ingenious idea to install swings in the space left when we removed our shed
For some reason I haven’t abandoned gallery.overt.org, even though I have been using Google Photos to do most of our photo management for at least three years.
Please, enjoy copies of the Google Photos shared albums for the second half of 2019 on gallery, for old times’ sake.
I found this article describing ‘jazz guys’ from the Outline in my RSS feed and was ashamed to find myself perfectly described. I’m sorry. I was way worse in my twenties, though!