This is the weekend of the annual Houston-to-Austin MS-150 bike ride. I don’t ride, but I am a sherpa (along with Irene) for 3 friends that are riding: Lori, Doray and Laura. For the last 10 years or so, they have been riding and fundraising for the MS-150. And I ride in the truck with them from Austin to Houston. We eat every year at Lomonte’s, an awesome Italian restaurant right off I-10. We stay in the hotel overnight. I take them to the start line in the morning, and then drive the truck back home. It’s a sweet deal for me, because I’m home by 10AM saturday morning. They pedal their way back all-day saturday and sunday.
I had a long day of meetings today. Tomorrow evening I fly back home – always the best part of a business trip.
I didn’t take my camera with me this morning, so by the time I got back to the hotel it was dark, I was tired, had little material to work with, and was searching for inspiration for a blog post. During my daily catch-up on blogs I read a post on the wordpress blog itself from last week. It was an announcement for the 2nd annual WorldWide WordPress 5K, on Sunday, April 29th. The WWWP5K is a virtual 5K, originally conceived by the employees at Automattic, the company behind WordPress, to get their geographically-dispersed fellow employees to run or walk a 5K “together,” each in their own locations. They invited the entire blogging community to join them and to blog about it. Last year I did. And I plan to again this year.
Thanks WordPress for a fun idea, and for providing me with the inspiration for a photo for today. I didn’t bring my running shoes on this trip, so these will have to do.
Wow, the last day of the month already! March is a beautiful month, here in Austin. Everything pops to life. I’m always sad to see it go.
We had a very busy day today, on monte’s first day of retirement 🙂
We hit the backyard early…mowing and raking and de-thatching and weeding. Tomorrow we will hopefully get fertilizer down to help nurse the lawn along.
At the end of the day, we headed to a friend’s house for dinner. As we were driving down Mopac, a huge, shiny sunset was teasing me with glimpses of it between buildings as we passed. I took about 10 shots, and finally got a good one! Or, at least one without any buildings or cars in it. Not bad for going 65 miles an hour, through the car window.
Today is also the drawing for the Mega Millions lottery drawing, and the jackpot is up to over $640M! We usually do not buy lotto tickets, but hey, who can resist? We can all use a little help. (or a lot!)
I’ve blurred out the winning numbers above, so that we can continue to live in anonymity as mega-millionaires, after the drawing 🙂 Heh, heh.
May the blessing of the rain be on you—
the soft sweet rain.
May it fall upon your spirit
so that all the little flowers may spring up,
and shed their sweetness on the air.
May the blessing of the great rains be on you,
may they beat upon your spirit
and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there many a shining pool
where the blue of heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.
I have been off-line for 10 glorious days – sailing through the British Virgin Islands. We just got home, and I have hundreds of photos to dig through. In the mean time, I’m posting a map showing each leg of our trip.
We headed to Tortola a week and a half ago: 12 sailors, 3 sailboats, 10 nights, 9 days and a ton of good times…. Our boat was a 51′ sloop called No Horizon. We shared it with Marty & Sue, and Tommy & Bobbie. Lori, Dave & Jake were on Sea Mist, and Wally, Kurt & Rod were on Pinta. The map above shows the route we took on No Horizon. Pinta and Sea Mist joined us for many of the legs, but everyone took their own route through the islands.
While I slept well on the boat every night, it’s going to be nice to sleep on my bed tonight and shower for as long as I want to! If I make it through my first day back at work tomorrow, I will pick several photos to post. More later…
I’ve been very busy at work, working round the clock for the last 5 days or so on determining root cause of a critical outage at a client location that happened last week. I haven’t been able to come out to play, and was missing in action at the lake again this weekend.
Yesterday afternoon the doorbell rang and the nice man at the door was delivering warm cookies with cold milk! While I certainly didn’t need the calories, the thoughfulness certainly lifted my spirits. Thanks to Sue for providing the lift. 🙂
I had a doctor’s appointment this afternoon which took me downtown. Since I was in the neighborhood, I just had to stop by the Sno-Beach snocone stand. If you’ve never had one, you must. It will change your life. If you don’t live in Austin, fly or drive down here as soon as you can and get one. They make the absolutely, hands-down, indubitably BEST snocones on the planet. If any of you are skeptical, I’d even put money on it. And I NEVER make a bet unless I’m sure I’m right (even when i’m wrong) 😀
Even though there were about 30 people in front of me when I got there, and when I left I was in the middle of rush hour traffic on Mopac, it was worth it.
I’d like to work on ways to transform my blog into something more interesting for other people to follow. Up til now I’ve mostly been doing this for my own enjoyment. The Daily Post is hosting a Post-a-Day-2011 and Post-a-Week-2011 challenge, an online community really, for bloggers to share their posts and inspire eachother. It started at the beginning of the year, but I’m joining mid-way (or in work-speak, at the end of 2Q 🙂 ). I recently completed my own 365-project (a year of posting one photo taken of a moment from each day) but I have been and will continue to post here. So, in search of inspiration, today I signed up for the once a week version, check it out:
Oh, wait, one more thing! Here is a link to a video that my friend Teri took of us on Cupholder last weekend as we were all headed up to Cypress Creek Cove for the raftup. (we’re the little boat in the distance that Teri and Jim are catching up with quickly). It was WINDY… and we had 2 reefs in, so only a tiny bit of sail up, but we were MOVIN’! It’s good to be back…