Saturday, July 28, 2007
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
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Monday, July 23, 2007
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Sunday, July 22, 2007
Before the TX Iron run practice on Thursday night Susan took a few photos of the group. As usual, Michael and I weren't about to pose for a 'boring' picture. Instead we brought the theme of practice to light. Thursday night's practice began with a hydration talk from Jamie and some product testing for Nathan hydration systems. So, we're pointing out the importance of water while in Texas.
Michael left for his trip to Osk Kosh at 6am. Although he's been on many work trips or other adventures I always miss him a lot when he's gone. For 10+ years Michael has been my best friend and it feels a bit odd when he's not around to hang out with.
Today I was thinking a thought I've had before, "I wonder what I did right to be so lucky as to be with Michael." He's definitely the most amazing person I have ever met. I cannot put into words how appreciative I am to have him and how much I love him. I wish I knew what I did to find someone so perfect. If I knew that secret I'd share it with the world so everyone could be as fortunate as I am. Thankfully the world is not waiting on my enlightenment, we have many friends who have also found their perfect goofball companion and that's pretty darn cool. :)
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Saturday, July 21, 2007
Gareling - vb - to transverse the office area in search of sweet food to eat
Over the past years Michael and I have learned a lot about our similarities. One of our notable traits is our inability to reject sweets. For Michael, anything with sugar will do the trick. I prefer dark chocolate (see picture of bark in earlier post). I'm constantly stumped by the people who seem to have the ability to resist those crutches. We have a friend Wes who puts 3 M&M's on his desk to eat in a day. That's all he eats and he's satisfied. I'd interpret that as a cruel joke, 3 bags would be more up my alley.
Another of our Garel traits is our crazy exercise schedule. Today was Michael's 18th day in a row of running. Yes, it's now an official running streak. As he begins to embark on his fall marathon training he's listening to Brandon's advice and is now running every day. He tells me his legs feel tired but he is running strong! We PR'ed our deck loop today; again. Michael might feel worn out and 26.2 at his goal pace might seem crazy hard (see picture above) but, he's making a good attempt. I wonder if he gained strength when he came home and endulged in his post exercise snack - he opened up the refrigerator and skirted whipped cream into his mouth.
Now... let's see if he can hold this up for the next week. That will be an extra challenge b/c he's leaving at 6am to head to Osk Kosh, WI for a week. The yearly EAA fly-in starts up tomorrow night and Michael is going to spend the week hanging out with all his "people." Imagine it, miles and miles of experimental aircraft to look at, Life is good ;)
In other news, our friend Mark Edwards became a grandfather on July 18th. Coincidentally Colin turned 28 that day and demolished his sister and her husband in a round of bowling.
Posted by Mich at 7:28 PM
Saturday, July 14, 2007
This is a picture of Doray and I after completing Danskin '02. That was my first triathlon. Like many other women in Austin I started out at Danskin and have grown a lot since then. I've done 40 triathlons in 5 years. I wonder what my response to that would've been when I started doing this.
Tomorrow I'm heading back to Decker for the Couple's Triathlon. Couple's is one of my favorites b/c Michael and I get to team up together and start in the prestigious first wave of the day; the married wave. We Garels are definitely not in peak triathlon condition so I'm just hoping we make it to the finish line smiling, those hills are going to be painful ;)
This week has been interesting, ie. very busy. I started teaching the Biomechanics class on Monday. It meets every morning from 9-10:30 and I'm still trying to determine the best ways to cover the material in that time. I'm using Dr Dingwell's slides but I've heard a rumor that some student's were griping, "that's all she's doing is reading off the slides." This experience has made me take a step back and think about how critical I was of some professors. Unfortunately for the instructors, preparing for a class takes a lot longer than the class meeting time. Being on the other side allows me to realize this. I've grown to appreciate people's efforts a lot more.
I've also had the experience of being on the other side while working at J&A this summer. I've had a great chance to learn a lot of the way people interact with each other and the way we treat others. Packet pickup weekends condence years of learning/experience into one afternoon. There are many people who are kind and light hearted when they come in the store or call on the phone. I've grown to truly appreciate this characteristic and I now take a much different approach when visiting others at their jobs. It makes a huge difference when the people around you are pleasant.
In a perfect world we'd all be required to spend a bit of time in the service industry from time to time. But since this is not the case... I'll just try my best to be as pleasant as possible to those around me and hope it might catch on. Sometimes that's easier said than done but trying is a good start. Have a great day!
Posted by Mich at 3:18 PM
Thursday, July 12, 2007
In an effort to waste a few minutes while the guys were working on the ceiling in my office, I started looking at some blogs. Amy had a personality test linked to hers so I decided to join in the fun
I've taken a couple different personality tests but the only thing I can seem to remember is ENTJ... the 4 letters I got after taking one of them in high school and college. I seem to think Michael was INTJ or INTP. I can't remember which, I know he was one and Mike Slowik was the other, I think we must have taken one of those tests in our intro to Civ-E class to determine if our groups were supposed to work well together or something like that. Our group did pretty well although I was embarrassed making a presentation when Michael left greasy fingerprints on the overhead foil I used. What can I say, I remember random things ;)
Posted by Mich at 9:42 AM
Sunday, July 8, 2007
In 6 weeks I'll be heading over to England to accompany Lynne for her English channel swim. I have been given the honor / responsibility of managing her nutrition during the swim. Although I was well aware of the importance of this job long ago it seemed to hit me a week ago when I got to see the rope and bottles (pictured above).
Like all of us, Lynne is heading to her event well educated and well trained. With this comes a nutrition plan for the swim. Basically, each of the three bottles above is tied to a yellow nylon rope which I will toss out to Lynne every 30minutes. The rope will be attached to me via a carabener. My signal for feeding time is likely to be waving of a TX flag. Once acknowledged I will toss the bottles to Lynne and she'll take what she needs. Each bottle is a different color and will contain different nutrition. A duct tape label on the side of each bottle indicates the mixture recipe which I will add to each bottle.
Last Sunday Lynne and I went to the Quarry to practice tossing the bottles to her. This is when the importance of my job hit home. This is a big job and I am so excited to be part of her crew for this adventure. Watching your friends as they make such a huge endevour is quite amazing, especially when they envite you to take part.
Tonight while Michael was talking to his mom on the phone, he was telling her about my trip to England. She asked him if there was a try out to get my job. This made me chuckle a bit as I envisioned the try-outs for crewing an English channel swim. Can you imagine a bunch of people down at the quarry, tossing these bottles out into the water to see who the best thrower is. Maybe we'd have a mixing competition to see who was best suited for making the nutrition bottles and keeping track of time.
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Friday, July 6, 2007
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Monday, July 2, 2007
After returning home and unpacking last Wednesday Michael and I drove over to the Honda dealer to pick up our new CRV. We'd ordered our Glacier Blue CRV without ever getting the chance to test drive it. Merely trusting Matt & Amanda's test drive and Chris M's positive endorsement.
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