Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Project zero consists of a weigh in before thanksgiving and another weigh in following christmas with the goal of maintaining the same weight. I decided to participate in project zero two years ago, a year when I returned home to Tulsa for the christmas holiday. I didn't set out to maintain my weight not really thinking that I could gain too much in such a short time. My motivation to maintain my weight wasn't a high priority since it would all come off with spring mountian biking. At the final weigh in, I found out that I had actually gained ten pounds. You may be thinking, better try harder next year fat ass. So what did I do? I decided not to participate in the project zero the following year.
Since we were headed to Tulsa for Christmas this year for almost two weeks, I decided it best to make another run at project zero and actually try to maintain my weight. Of course, incentives to maintain your weight are added, which include cold hard cash. So far, I am ahead of my previous showing in the program but staying in Tulsa for so long is very trying. I have been hitting the gym here almost every day, which is killing me since I hate gyms. I'm almost certain that I have gained at least a few pounds if not five so far but I have hope that any gain can be lost by serious bike riding prior to the final weigh in. With plenty more Taco Bueno to eat in the coming days, I better stick to my daily gym routine.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
As I drove to the hockey arena, we got behind a nasty truck that was spewing exhaust. Not long after I began to smell the exhaust, Sean asked me "what that smell daddy"? Instead of answering, I asked him what it smelled like. His reply, "the hairport". Ahhhhhhhh, yes the airport does smell like exhaust. Too funny how kids pick up and associate things like this.
Attending the hockey game isn't complete without consumption of a churro. Most of us probably remember eating churros as kids at similair events, I remember lusting over them at Disneyland. Sean wanted a churro following his approval of the zamboni's ice cleaning during the 1st intermission. So we took a walk around looking for the elusive churro. And they were elusive last night, as we were told by numerous vendors they sold out and were making more. We happened to walk up to the Chili Verde vendor cart as they were putting the fininshing touches on another batch of churros. This allowed Sean the opportunity to view the science of rolling deep fried bread in a cinnamon/sugar mixture. After getting his churro, we returned to our seats where Sean devoured his treat. Following this, Sean went to the empty row in front of ours and proceeded to be "churro guy" for the rest of the 2nd period. I loved nothing more than watching his little imagination run wild as he rolled churros in the cinnamon/sugar mixture then took my order followed by my money. It's so much fun to play along with games like this. I can only hope that Sean's bright future holds a career as a "churro guy", cause that deep fried goodness is in high deman here in Utah.
The last period began with Grizzbee, the team mascot walking aroung the stands to greet fans. As usual, Sean got very excited to see Grizzbee and wanted to talk to him. We waited patiently for Grizzbee to make his way to our section as he seemed to be headed our way. Things didn't pan out as hoped and Sean was disappointed when he changed course. Sean asked if he could go see Grizzbee so I gave him the green light. As Grizzbee charged on through the stands, as did Sean, shouting GRIZZBEE as loud as he could every 5 feet. All this was done simultaneous to his turning around to check my position, smiling and waving each time he saw me, making sure I didn't leave him behind. Sean finally reached Grizzbee for a big hug and at least ten high fives while numerous people in the crowd laughed at his cute pursuit of the big bear (I was dying laughing at his cuteness during all this).
And that was our fun filled evening that was topped off with our arrival at home to way too many cookies.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
All three of the people reading this are probably thinking; your're right Matt, your decision to begin biking was poorly timed and pretty lame. I would have to disagree if you began to think something of the sort and would also like to point out the problem with this thinking. With gas essentially half price, the normal reaction is to begin driving more, ditching any fuel savings measures taken when gas was double the cost it is today. Many people may even be so short sighted as to go out and purchase a new fuel sucking truck.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
As for Sarah and Gracie, lets hope they aren't at home eating all the bubblegum ice cream while we are gone skating.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
And of course I will continue posting pictures of our cute kids.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
A few incidents were reported in my previous blog but the week was good with no scary encouters. Another memorable moment occured Thursday while riding in the dark near 39th South when I saw what appeared to be a fat cat crossing the road. Upon getting closer I began to see a white stripe identifying the fat cat as a skunk leading me to ride like hell. I would also like to thank the contractor working near the driveway leading to my office building for leaving a large; almost perfectly square rock in the road. After spotting it too late, I nicked the rock with my rear wheel resulting in a bent rotor. The rotor was easily fixed but still an annoying inconvenience.
I have to thank Sarah for supporting my quest to ride way to much in one week. I was quite selfish in my determined manner to ride 5 days straight and she never complained. Instead she gave me words of encouragement and always greeted me with a smile at the door no matter how tired(grumpy) I appeared. Best of all was having a warm meal ready not long after I arrived home, almost as if she could feel my stomach grumbling. Props also go to Trevor for words of encouragement and me knowing that he understood what I was undertaking this week.
As for the garden, Im trying to prolong my harvest with tarps over plants but also excited by the thought of snow. It won't be long before getting to experience the surreal feeling of skiing deep powder.
And a great picture
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
The start was cold and dark but a few miles in to my ride 44 degrees didn't feel so bad. Sweat was pouring from my head and down my face by the time I reached the university. Another ride to work with no close calls, no idiot honking at me, just me pedaling my ass off and enjoying every minute of the fresh air.
And the tomatoes continue to ripen.
Lots of jalapenos on my plants too.
I will try and update on my commuting progress. Weather looks like it may turn crappy by Friday so this morning may have been a test for riding in colder weather.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Here I am with the kids in the life flight helicopter at a kids safety fair last weekend.
And a picture of all the hot mamas on their trip. The moms had a great time on their trip to Jackson Hole last weekend and came back fully rejuvinated but tired. Thanks for coming back so that I can return to playing in the garden.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
In addition to a red and green salsa, I've been itching to make a mango salsa. I have tasted many mango salsa's at restaurants the past few years with fish tacos, ahi tuna and the like. Now it was my turn to try my hand at making such a salsa. I searched the internet and found a recipe I felt matched the really good mango salsa's I've tasted lately. Here is a pictre of the final product. Looks good doesnt it? Not only is the salsa really tasty but also has a very nice look to it with all the colors together.
Based on the time this bowl lasted while having friends over for appetizers before dinner, it's a hit with all. Mango Salsa
1 cup diced mango
1 cup chopped tomatoes (seeds removed)
1 finely chopped jalapeno (seeds and veins removed)
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1 clove garlic finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepperThis recipe is really easy, takes about 15 minutes to make. You can experiement to see what ingredient you might increase/decrease. The recipe I found said to refreigerate overnight to allow flavors to meld. I personally like it just after making as each bite seems to highlight a different strong flavor.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Anyone else have a problem vacuuming cause their one year old insists on helping? We can only hope that her interest in cleaning continues through her teen years. She rode around like this for a few minutes before losing interest.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Anyone interested in Kung Pao peppers? We have a few.