It’s that time of year again… asthma season. Something in the air in the fall always seems to aggravate my asthma. Yesterday I started having problems on my way down to Auburn to go for a bike ride. Used my inhaler, rode anyway. Probably not the brightest move, but oh well. And today at work, asthma again. Throws me off my game at work, and then I look like I’m just not working hard. I guess I should tell the boss when it happens, but I don’t like when they stress about it, and I don’t want to sound like a whiner, either.
Tomorrow morning, I need to go mow the lawn for Grandma and Grandpa, and then I’ll evaluate the breathing situation and determine if I’m going on a bike ride or not. Initially, I’d hoped to do at least 15 miles tomorrow, but I’m thinking if I ride I’ll stick with my 10.3 mile out-and-back ride. I’ve been fairly good about getting out on rides – closing shifts at work really help with that, since I can get up at 7:30 or 8am, go for a ride, and have plenty of time to shower and get ready for work without feeling rushed. I’m also either finally starting to get some (read: little) definition in my quads, or the knots in the muscles just make it feel that way 😛 When the weather turns lousy for the winter (dark, wet, cold) I’ll see about joining a gym. We’ve got both 24 hour Fitness and L.A. Fitness here in town, and Nikki’s already joined L.A., but I want to check them both out. I’m still loving my new road bike, and I still can’t get over how quiet it rides compared to the rattling of the chain, deraileur, and junk on my old bike. The downside of the good bike and really working towards STP 2010 is that on days where I don’t have to be at work until 1:30pm or where I have the day off, I can no longer justify sleeping in!
Nikki and I went to the Puyallup Fair yesterday – a Sunday. Whoops. Took about an hour forty-five to get there from my house, which is a ridiculously long amount of time for what that drive takes when it’s not the weekend during the fair. The crowds and noise were insane, and we got done fairly quickly. The taffy, scones, Fair Burger, and ice cream were amazing as always. Especially the taffy, since I wasn’t allowed to eat any last year with braces! Smitty Burger is gone though, and some deal called Myers was doing the Fair Burgers this year. According to Mom, they’ve done the burgers in years past as well as Smitty, but I’d always gone to Smitty Burger. Odd. I always like to look through all the quilts – look for cool ideas, and scope out the potential “competition” for when I finally get my big quilt finished. Last year there were three or four Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts, and this year there was only one, and it boggles my mind why it even managed an “honorable mention”. I don’t mean to sound mean or rude, but I think the hexagons were about 3 inches on each side so they were enormous, and it just didn’t seem to be put together well – seams were puckered, and the quilt was tied instead of quilted. There were a couple amazing applique quilts that made “Grand Champion” and some really cute and creative other quilts. One had some cute owls, and I’d love to find a pattern for that one, and somebody else had made a crimson and gold quilt with a big WSU logo appliqued in the middle.
I do really need to get my butt moving on my quilt. It’s set up on the frame, but I haven’t touched it other than to make sure it is covered enough for when the sun comes through the windows in the morning. Time to work on practicing my quilting stitches, and find some light green hand quilting thread for my quilt! Somehow fall and winter seem to be quilting seasons – maybe because depending on what stage you’re on, it can get pretty toasty to be working on it! When I finally got my quilt into one single piece and was putting the border on, it was May and I sure roasted having that spread across my lap while I worked on sewing the border on!
Apparently USC got quite the upset when they played UW on Saturday. First time since 2001 that we’ve beaten USC, and so UW now actually makes the rankings at number 24 (out of 25), and has sent USC down to number 12 from number 3! BOW DOWN! 😀 First time also that UW has made the rankings since 2003, according to the King5 website. That would have been the season of my freshman year in college, and that was the last season we had a good team – until now, apparently! That was a great introduction to college football from the student section though!
I finished reading Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol last night. I had really planned on going to sleep early since I’d had a long day, but I picked up the book for some bedtime reading, and finally shut the light off a little before midnight when I finished the book. I did really enjoy the book, and Dan Brown’s books are always full of plot twists that just won’t let you put the book down. I suppose last night was better than one night in college with Deception Point, where I ended up staying up reading until 3am because I couldn’t put the book down! I don’t want to say too much about the book here, in case I spoil anything for somebody, but I do recommend the book – especially if you’ve read Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code. But once you’re about 200 to 150 pages from the end, don’t plan on being able to put it down!
Now that I’ve finished that book, I can go back to wading through Emma. I really enjoyed Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and I’ve read that many times, but I just have such a hard time getting into her other books. I’ve started reading Emma about a dozen times over the last seven years or so, and I’m determined that I will actually finish it this time!
Oh dear. I seem to have written a small novel in one post. Sorry!