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February 28, 2006

Popcorn and orange soda


Popcorn and orange soda,
originally uploaded by mmbutler.

Tuesday night. For Emily, that means American Idol, popcorn and orange soda. We were thinking about it the other day, and Emily has been an American Idol fan since Ruben and Clay. At the age of 2, she could do a mean Ruben Studdard imitation.


February 25, 2006

Ortega River Run 2006

Ortega06 New PR today in the Ortega River Run (5 miles). I wanted to break 35:00. I finished in 34:39. Very satisfied with the race, although there is the ever-present nagging in the back of my head that I could have done better. My pacing felt pretty good, I was between 6:50 and 7:00 splits for the entire race.

The start of the Ortega River Run continues to frustrate, as there is always a large number of folks that don't race often and are unable to self-seed. Two years ago, I remember a contingent of walkers starting at the front and forming a human wall. This year it was a guy with a double stroller and headphones 5 feet from the start line. Fortunately, Doug Alred was either tipped or spotted him and sent him to the back of the pack. Running through the ‘hood was fun as usual with family and friends cheering at the end of Oleander.  It felt like I was flying going up the Ortega Bridge. I think all of the bridge work downtown is paying off. Not just running over the bridges, but running up and down them hard. Going down McGirts, I knew I had some time banked and wanted to pick up the pace, but I didn't allow myself to do it. I could just see myself blowing up and missing the goal.  The time banked would allow me to break my goal decidedly, and there was no reason to be greedy.  I also felt I had an advantage over others since I run the course so much. I knew where all the dips and hills are, and I know the tangents to take to shorten the course.

Lots of folks were out cheering, and we had a great party afterwards at our house with tons of food (Karen did a GREAT job with the food!), a cake from Sheila’s and a massage therapist.

Race - Ortega River Run course 2-25-2006

Associated files:
Race results

Google Earth file: Race - Ortega River Run 2-25-2006.kml (17 KB)

Heading to the movie theatre to see Nanny McPhee


Update: Got to the theatre, and everyone else had the same idea for a cloudy, overcast Saturday afternoon. Sold out. Emily was disappointed. We are now going to the 7:30 showing of Nanny McPhee instead.

February 24, 2006

First post to MT from Treo via Flickr

Karen was not happy about me using her as a guinea pig while she was in the middle of cooking and baking for tomorrow morning's party. Oh well, that's the price you pay for being married to a geek.


February 23, 2006

Day 2 of MetaMarshall MT build

Learning the different tags today, trying to build the various dynamic templates. So far so good, might have a bunch of spaghetti code. Will take a closer look after everything is complete.

February 22, 2006

Test

I successfully installed MT 3.2. Woo-hoo!