the hunger

December 20, 2007

All I know is that I’m really hungry right now.


Nevada City, CA

December 17, 2007

Since Rebecca and I didn’t make it up to Nevada City on Sunday for the final “Victorian Christmas” in which the streets are lined with vendors, booths, arts, food, entertainment, etc. I wanted to post a few pics from my first visit there with Shaw last Sunday. His family was kind enough to offer a Christmas tree from their property, along with some firewood, so we made the drive up and spent a few hours roaming around the town. We didn’t know it was Victorian Christmas heading into town, but was pleasantly surprised the crowds weren’t too obnoxious. Plus I got to see some authentic brick buildings. No facades here. Check’em out. I don’t have too much info to add, but you can learn more about Nevada City at this link here and here. Words like quaint and charming sure do come to mind, eh?

Also, here’s a link to a live web cam of the town.

little by little

December 16, 2007

Went out for a Saturday run, 6+ miles. One hour. There is definitely a difference between running and jogging. I keep trying to bust a move and stretch those legs a little farther, bounce a little higher, move a little faster… but only in spurts. Little by little…

Sing it, Mr. Plant.

on a roll?

December 14, 2007

My battle against the Darkness is underway. I went out for a short run last night, 30 minutes, just enough to get the blood pumping and work on some sprints. I’ve decided to take the words of Dylan Thomas to task and rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Listen to an audio clip and read the poem here.

I can live with a half-hour of twilight.

And I ran…

December 13, 2007

… but not this morning. It was below freezing here in Davis when I woke up! Fortunately I braved the darkness last night right after work. You know, it wasn’t so bad. The 6 mile run is still slow going – I’m no speed demon – but I kept moving until I got back home. Now if I can only stick to a routine.

Maybe I need a new hairstyle like these guys? Then I could run… I could run so far away.

Have a cool yule, y’all.

December 12, 2007

SAD, not depressed

December 11, 2007

It’s true. I think I’m feeling SAD, seasonal affective disorder. Not to be confused with feeling depressed. What’s bugging me most is not having any available daylight after work, which makes me resentful of my job and then grumpy at home.

It’s become really challenging to set out for a run at night, no matter how quickly I get home to suit up and put on the sneaks. By the time I hit the pavement it’s dark dark dark. There is no escape. Blah.

Now I don’t mind the cold and I’m fine with some gloomy wet skies, but I’ve realized that the Mon-Fri 8:30-5 gig prevents me from enjoying any sunlight after the workday during the winter season. Getting out for some exercise – training for a half-marathon? – is important to me and during the fall I was particularly diligent about beating the streets right after work. In fact I really looked forward to it. There’s a great trail which hugs some farmland that I enjoy running, especially when there was an hour of low warm sunlight to illuminate the landscape. The sunsets were spectacular. But in the dark that trail isn’t so accessible, especially after a rain, which means it’s only good for weekend runs.

What is to be done?

Well three things, only two of which are viable.

#1) I need to get up butt-ass early and begin the dreaded morning routine. I’m not happy about this but it’s the only way to see any daylight during the work week. That’s the simple, sad truth.

#2) Renew my quarterly membership at the ARC, the campus gym. I did it before, I can do it again. At least there are bright lights and lots of machines to use. Plus, they have squash courts which means I can play a few rounds with Mr. Megalomania here. (but he’s probably to busy at the moment)

#3) Quit my job. Yes! While my inclination is to choose this option, I know a few people who would think otherwise. So I’m left with 1 and 2.

Again, I’m not depressed or upset with the world. I’m not angry or Grinchy or Scroogey. I just want some daylight. Is that so much to ask? And I’m not talking about the bright, intense hot hot heat that hammers down on us in the summer. God no. I’m talking about a couple hours of dimly lit ambiance so I can get in a run without wearing my crossing guard vest and blinking light.

Why they scheduled this Davis Stampede the first Saturday of February is beyond me. Were they hoping to capitalize on everyone’s New Year’s resolutions? Or torture us poor souls who want to indulge during the holiday season?

Either way I am determined to do what needs to be done even if it means a shift in schedules. Sound the alarm clock. It’s time to wake up and feel the burn, baby.

End rant. Begin run.

Don we now our gay apparel

December 6, 2007

(click image to watch my new running outfit in action)

Now I know YOU have some gay apparel tucked away in that dresser, too. The time to don is ON!

With my paper turned in and one more class behind me, I’m ready to kick off the holiday season. Bring on the tree, deck those halls and fa-la-la-la-la with ribbons and bows on top.

Now, sing along everyone…

Looking for something a little less traditional? Get your Twisted Christmas on here. Click the small blue play button under the album cover art. Watch out. It’s loud! Yeah!!!


December 3, 2007

Wanted to post a few shots for the foodies out there. Most are from the holiday vacation. The last one is a meal Rebecca put together. Yum!

La Festa Brick & Brew pizza, Dover NH

Poached eggs on spinach with cheddar-jalapeƱo toast at the Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, NH

Raspberry and cream turnover at Harvey’s Bakery in Dover, NH

Thanksgiving roast turkey with dried fruit stuffing from Mom’s kitchen

Organic chicken breast stuffed with spinach, garlic and cottage cheese, along with broccoli and sweet potatoes. Thanks Bec!

I think it’s time for another few laps around the track…


December 2, 2007

After mapping out my 1-hour run today, I found that it was exactly 6.25 miles – a 10k. Now, I know a 60min. 10k wouldn’t qualify as a prize-winning run by any means, but considering I finished with a bounce in my stride and wasn’t winded or dead spent (after a week of holiday lounging) that ain’t too shabby.

Moreover, the run felt rejuvenating on several levels: the weather was breezy with spotted cloud cover, there are still endless trees with fall colors, and I finally worked out the kinks in my back from several days of sitting.

Now it’s back to writing my paper for class. Which means, you guessed it, more sitting.