1/1/2007 Cloudy, low 40s
Worked on Marathon Maniacs ASP pages, set up the database on godaddy.com, created and uploaded the InSane AsyLum and Upcoming Races pages. Stayed up quite late helping Daniel w/ his college essays, reviewing them as he completed them. His main essay on the common application was very good, about diversity. He sent off the common application around 10PM and the Colby supplement around 1AM, an hour after the deadline (4 hrs late by Eastern time).
1/2/2007 Rain overnight, wind in the morning, 56, then heavy rain, barometer 29.05 2.6” rain by evening
Daniel called Colby and Bates in the morning and verified that they would accept his slightly late application. Good news – they will.
Today’s project was getting David to finish his big English paper on Carl Sandberg. Around 5PM he took the various fragments he’d written and assembled them, along with a nearly complete re-write of the close reading on “Soiled Dove” and a complete rearrangement with quite a bit of new writing of the close reading on “Put off a Wedding…”.
After a delicious supper of spaghetti and garlic bread, Susan took Daniel to the airport. Kind of sad to see him go – we got used to having him around again.
1/3/07 Another .4” rain overnight. Pond at foot of driveway is overflowing across the road. Susan drove David in just in time for English class, with his paper. As his paper began to come to gether as a whole and he could see how it would look, he was alot more motivated to work on it. I should have helped him put it together earlier.
Read some in the Bible this morning, wondering about faith, about Dad’s conversion (not without precedent, for the thief converted on the cross). “Let it be done to you according to your faith.”, seems, at least some of the time, to be the operative rule. That would mean that I determine my own eternal destiny by my choice to accept or deny that Jesus saves me.
1/5/07 windy, cold, wet but only 0.2” rain. Snow pellet showers at work yesterday afternoon.Dr. Smith accepted David’s paper as a rough draft and sent it home today for David to do the final over the weekend. He’ll definitely pass, and may even get a decent grade – a huge relief for him, and for us all.
1/13/2007 About 1.5” of rain in the past week.Now it’s cold – we had another snowstorm – 1-6” around the area – on Wednesday night. Marc and I just barely made it out of work ahead of the snow. Cars were already starting to spin out on a half inch of very slippery snow as we pulled out of the parking lot and those who waited ended up taking hours to get home. We outdistanced the snow squall just east of Issaquah and enjoyed dry roads the rest of the way home. School was closed Wednesday and Thursday and I stayed home from work too.
1/20/2007 Mostly sunny, mid 40s, 0.9” rain (about equally divided between rain and snow) during past week.
The snow has melted though ice lingers in the ditches. I moved the plants back out to the greenhouse today. Temperatures were around 10F outside the greenhouse for three nights in a row, and in the high 20’s inside despite the space heater. David brought all the plants inside – the big avacados and his lime tree among them – last Friday just before the first really cold night.
Now that the ground is bare the birds have dispersed somewhat but there are still enough around to tempt me to try for photos. I did, and got a few sharp chickadee pictures but the Steller’s Jay shots were either silhouetted or blurred.
After a brief afternoon nap we all walked down to the river, even the goats. The river has cut so deeply into the field that it is starting to double back , leaving a big gravel and sand bar on our side. I searched for agates but as usual David found the first one, one of the biggest we’ve ever found at the Green River.
I was tired after supper and went to bed at 9:30.
1/21/2007 ovc, brief rain shower, 32-40
Worked on the Maniacs Member Login page, mostly on layout and style. I researched how to validate the input but didn’t write any code for that yet. I found some code on the web so will do that next.
Did a long run, the Green Valley road loop clockwise. I met a former classmate of Daniel's as she was starting up the bumpy road and talked with her for about 10 minutes. Back from a semester at Union College, she explained that Nebraska is too flat for her, and that she’s working for her parents’ company as a receptionist while she figures out what to do next. She’s considering Avondale College in Australia. I ran the 6.5 miles of the Green Valley Road at 9:00/mile or a little faster, hr 159, but felt very tired in the last couple miles home.
3/23/2007 ovc, rain, high 40’s
Another month has slipped by. The cottonwood crown is turning green, new leaves six inches long top the weather-beaten kale stumps from last summer and the violet green swallows have returned. The goats have made it through another winter and we’ve all made it through the flu; Susan is still recovering though she never developed a fever like the rest of us did. I missed a week of work but spent much of that time writing the bulletin board for the Maniacs site. I adapted code I found at asp101.com to work with SQL Server stored procedures and the Maniacs styling.
On Sunday morning after Pat left I went for a run along the ridge, only 7 miles but felt like twice that, out to the second peak with a radio tower on it. Warm sun but cool breeze. No flowers are out yet; the new growth is only just starting to poke out from last years dry foliage. Oddly enough no rockhounds showed up on Sunday, just a crowd of ORVers and dirt bikers.
3/31/2007 (Yakima) ovc, high 40’s
I left late for Yakima so didn't arrive at the pre-race Expo until the tail end of the Marathon Maniacs reunion meeting, shortly after they announced the upcoming new website I'm building for them. Later during the dinner though, Tony announced my name again and gave me a handsome Marathon Maniacs plaque with 4 stars, my current level (achieved last fall by running four marathons/ultras in four successive weekends). Three of the dozen or so long tables for the pasta dinner were reserved for Marathon Maniacs. I picked a spot, then Little Leslie Miller joined me, then several other Maniacs, and as it turned out, Marilou #285 sat across from me and David Murray #287 sat on my left. Dinner consisted of waterlogged vermicelli and tomato sauce with widely-distributed mushrooms. I got the burger version my first time through and ate it anyway. After dinner John Bingham (the Penguin) gave a hilarious account of his conversion from a couch potato to a marathon runner. Stayed at Cedar Inn and Suites between downtown and the freeway, checked out early after an intermittent night's sleep and caught the 6:30 bus to the start in Ellensburg. Lots of yellow in the crowd there.
4/03/2007 pc, snow-pellet showers, 40’s
Stayed home yesterday and today with a head/chest cold which was coming on yesterday afternoon on my way home from Saddle Mountain. Didn't work much yesterday, except on the Maniacs personal info page, but did most of a day today.
Great day for juggling though. Yesterday I finally broke the 40 catch barrier with a PR of 46 catches with 5 bags, then today I shattered that record by making 70 catches before losing it.