Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Gazoombas, Landscaping and Running Shoes

If You Want a Cycling Post, Go Away

My costal cartilage mountain biking injury is slowly healing. It still hurts when I run. My massive gazoombas bouncing around cause some massive hurt...or it's those phantom gazoombas, because I'm sure the hurt would be like that if they were massive.

We had landscaping done. I'm still amazed at the time it took me for someone else to do the work. Phone calls. Emails. Meetings. WD and had I debated this for a long time: You know, WE could do this. It always came back to: And, for exactly HOW MANY weekends do you want to be tied to yardwork? It's one thing to take-on maintenance...quite another to be willingly married to a house project at the expense of fall riding.

Work is beginning to bleed out of the confines of the work day. I'm trying to decide if this is a good thing...tonight I found myself searching for library bloggers and twitter-ers. I need connections. This year, I'm a team of one. At least when I worked K-4, there were three others across the district, but currently I'm at a huge intermediate school that's very different, programming-wise, from the elementaries yet it isn't quite the same as the high school. And, you know, it's not all about books. It's about turning-out kids who are information-literate, and about helping teachers step outta the comfort zone and become coaches of learning. We librarians are on the edge, I tell you.

Running: three times in the past week. I need ski legs. It's a fast workout. 30 minutes out the front door and back home again. Do I like it? Ask me in January when I'm facing down the Birkie trail for a point-to-point.

- The distracted Old Bag


LimesNow said...

Good to see you back at the keyboard, OB. Loved the massive gazoombas quip! Mine would also be imaginary. You have my empathy about being the one-woman band at work. I wonder what kind of blogger or twitter-er I'd search for. Tip of the hat re: your running.

WheelDancer said...

Hiring it done, good. Married to the house project all fall, bad. Paying for it, well I still think it was worth it.

Doozyanner said...

OB, I can so relate to your post tonight. I haven't changed schools, but my job sure has changed and I'm feeling isolated as well. Thanks for the laugh about the gazoombas. So glad to be part of the flat-chested crowd!

rlove2bike said...

We will cheer you on at the Birkie...from the sidelines at the finish. Are you classical or skate skiing it?

Snakebite said...

I'm not sure the readers are getting and I'm certainly not. Perhaps posting pictures of the gazoombas would be helpful to everyone.

Mike J said...

good call on the yard work. There are way better things to do than yard work. Running and my knees don't get along but good for you if you can do it.

The Old Bag said...

@LImes--these days, it's the TIME I'm missing: sit time, think time....

@Wheel--I see you didn't mention the gazoombas (damned if you do, damned if you don't!)

@Doozy--that's the biggest loss since leaving the classroom: losing the team

@Rlove--I won't be doing the Birkie race, but a group of us head to Telemark each winter for a weekend of skiing. It's been a few years since I've been in good enough shape to ski from North End to 00!

@Snakebite-- :-) if you work really hard at it I'm sure you can picture them!

@Mike--agreed! We got rid of as much grass as we could!

Bluenoser said...

Old Bag,

I'm just about to dive into a major property buy and reno on a 100 year old place in January.

I look after people/places/things for a living. So you are wise with the pay for your freedom philosophy.

A fine line I'll be walking myself.


shawnkielty said...

Wow ... I didn't realize you were actually injured.

Skiing legs? What are those like? Does running help? ... cause I can't run. My cycling legs won't be good enough?

'Splain please?