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April 27, 2009

MMBOP Update

IMG_4292As we checked out of IKEA, I was wondering how on earth we were going to be able to get three shopping carts of flat cardboard boxes into the back of the truck. Somehow, we managed to get everything loaded and not blow out the tires driving back to Jacksonville. Karen and I spent much of Saturday night assembling the units. Once we figured out the basics, things actually progressed fairly quickly. We are now 90% done, I just need to install the roll fronts for the cabinets. These are kind of a pain because many of the holes are not pre-drilled.

IMG_4302The other area of concern is adding the pull handles, since the holes for those are not pre-drilled either. However, Greg from Content Design Group came to my rescue and said he would build a jig for me to make it easier. Go Greg!

Karen picked up the "Healing Aloe" paint from Benjamin Moore for the walls and "Black Bean" for the built in shelves and doors to match the cabinets. Next is ordering the carpet tiles and packing up the office.

I'll also be putting some of the old book cases, hutches and filing cabinets on Craigs List in case anyone is interested in some cheap furniture. Plus I have a great old CRT to sell you!

April 24, 2009

MMB Office Project: Heading to IKEA tomorrow

Office redesign

This is the first installment in a series chronicling the progress of the MMB Office Project, or MMBOP.

Greg Beere and Jason Fisher at Content Design Group recently helped me redesign my home office. Really neat design with lots of options for storage. Plus they told me I had to get rid of the old 16" CRT, which I replaced with a nice big flat screen monitor. Read their write-up and view the renderings, really cool stuff.

We have received the carpet samples from FLOR and picked out a pattern we like, a little different from the one in the initial design.

So tomorrow is the trip to IKEA to pick up the furniture, or at least as much as I can get into my truck. I've never been to an IKEA before, but I hear I have to get the Swedish meatballs.

My office is still as messy as in the Content DG post (actually, I think it may be worse). The other goal for the weekend is to start pitching the junk and organizing what is left. No easy task. I'll update the blog with photos as the project progresses. I'm too embarrassed to post pictures of it's current state.

Thanks again to the guys at Content Design Group for helping me with this project. I've learned that if you are going to invest the money into a project like this, you need to get help from people who know what they are doing!

Coach Paul McRae

My running has improved significantly the last several months thanks to the guidance of Coach Paul McRae of Personal Running Solutions. I joke with my friends that he is using Jedi mind tricks, but he really is doing an effective job pushing me to run better. And it isn't just a matter of making me run more, instead he is reviewing my progress and giving me work-outs that will help me achieve my goals.

Today, the plan was a 2-mile time trial at the Metamile since I had to miss last nights 5k. I ran a little over a mile to warm up. Coal Paul asked me what I thought I could do and I responded that I would be happy with 13:00. He told me he had 12:30 in mind. The lump in my throat soon became a sinking feeling of dread in my stomach. We did a few strides and then we were off.

After taking a quick glance at my watch at the first mile split and seeing 6:11, I really thought I was going to die before I completed the second Metamile. He pushed me hard the second mile, literally a couple of times, and I ended up finishing in 12:30. It was painful, but it was good training to run hard while feeling tired.

If you are looking for someone to push you to achieve your personal goals, I highly recommend Coach Paul McRae.

The talented Butler girls

Very proud of Emily and Maggie for doing a terrific job in last night's talent show at school. It's funny to see how fearless girls are in particular. I would say 80% of the show performers were girls. Of that 80% were singing or dancing to Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus. Good times.

April 18, 2009

Great weekend on Amelia Island

Great weekend on Amelia Island

Team Liver Families enjoyed yet another successful Katie Ride for Life ( today. The organizers enjoyed their biggest event ever for a terrific cause. If your not already, make sure to register to be an organ donor.

After the ride, I returned back to the Plantation resort where Karen had just wrapped up a trip to the spa for a manicure and pedicure. The rest of the afternoon has been spent relaxing and hanging out at the pool. We are headed into Fernandina for dinner at 29 South, where I first had the Krispy Kreme bread pudding. Yum!

Tomorrow is an 8 mile run on the beach and trails and then head home.

Great weekend!

April 17, 2009

Katie Ride for Life

Heading up to Amelia Island at oh-dark-thirty for the Katie Ride for Life. Team Liver Families (sponsored by Jacksonville Running Company) will be heading out at 0700 for the 100k route. After that, a relaxing weekend at the Amelia Island Resort with my wife.

I am looking forward to meeting our team MVP, Andrew Kozlowski. He is 2 and just celebrated his first year anniversary post-liver transplant. While we rode last year, Andrew and his family were in Miami for his transplant. They will be doing the walk associated with the ride this year and we are very pleased to have them join us.

If you would like to donate, please visit our team page.

April 16, 2009

Back from blogging hiatus

Took a month off from blogging due to time constraints. I think that is the longest I have ever gone since I started blogging. I think Facebook and Twitter may be leeching some of the time I spent blogging in the past. If you are on Facebook, please follow my blog.

Currently, two of the biggest things going on for me include preparing to launch a new brand at Microsoft's TechEd conference in Los Angeles next month and increasing my training to support my quest to finally break through the 20 minute 5K barrier in June. I'm happy to say significant progress is being made on both fronts.

Stay tuned.