Recent events in bullet points…

  • The other day I went to help clean the porch of the family whose young daughter died.  They needed room for people coming over.  The mom and dad came out while we were working.  Dad was broken.  Mom is broken too, but she stayed out to talk.  Dad couldn’t even.
  • Again, anything else seems meaningless but anyway…last week I made my 15 mile run.  I’m still on track for my ridiculous build to Chicago Marathon ’17.  I have 17-18-20-Race to go although I might change that to 18-20-13-Race.  Either way, 8 weeks of solid build with no cutbacks is most certainly going to lead to injury.  Don’t do as I do.  This will be in the new edition of “How Not To Train.”
  • I’m officially in my MAT program for my teaching license.  I finished my requirements for a Social Studies – Political Science endorsement and will start the actual cohort in two weeks.  Meantime, against the advice of my school counselor, I’m taking two additional courses so I can get secondary endorsements in History and Economics.  I’ll be a heckuva lot more marketable with a history endorsement and I just plain like econ.  Plus, then a high school could have me teach multiple classes.  Plus #2, the econ I’m taking overlaps the econ I took so I didn’t do much work on the first chapter and nailed a 100%.  The history is US History and I already know a lot of that too.  It won’t be hard to knock these classes out.
  • The program will be two classes in fall, two in winter, student teach in spring and get my license.  If I can find a full-time job, I’ll start next year.  If not, I’ll sub and make more money per day because of my license.
  • I’ll manage the time by subbing (also knocking out my “field work” for the Master classes) and on days I don’t sub I’ll knock out homework all day like it’s my job.   It’ll be fine.
  • Wife and Older Son are heading out of town on CM ’17 weekend to visit a college in Rhode Island.  Things on that front will simmer down after he applies Early Decision somewhere on 11/1.  It’ll pick up again if he has to apply to other places later in winter.
  • If you don’t have a sous vide, get one.  It makes the best steaks ever and is brain dead easy to use.  I mean, the steaks come out looking like professional photos.  I’ve done steaks and chicken so far.  One of the best kitchen purchases I’ve ever made (the Breville espresso maker being THE best so far).  Tomorrow I think I’m going to slow cook some ribs in the smoker (topic change because that’s no sous vide, but I could sous vide them if I wanted and then sear them on the grill).
  • Did I mention my wife and I’s hockey team won 6-1 on Sunday night?  We both played well.  She on offense and me on defense.  I wasn’t on for their lone goal.  It was probably the best game I played.  I don’t know if they gave me them, but I had two outlet passes that lead to goals so I should’ve gotten two assists.
  • And that enough stalling, time to run 8 miles.  Sigh.
  • It’s great to be alive!