Saturday, April 05, 2008

Weekend Update

I got an interesting start to my weekend when my toilet stopped flushing on Thursday night. The water swirled around but wouldn't actually go anywhere. I had already been thinking about taking Friday as a work-from-home day, so that pretty much nailed my decision. We do have the studio apartment we can use in a bathroom emergency, but this is not Little House on the Prairie. Traipsing across the yard to answer the call of nature is not acceptable as a long-term solution.

Friday ended up being super-productive. I started working at 6 am and finished the salary/benefits portion of next fiscal year’s budget just before 5 pm. I took about an hour in the middle of the day to wash the dishes, make banana bread and start the laundry, but other than that and opening the door so someone could come in and fix the toilet, I was head-down the whole day and by 5 pm I was hungry and brain-dead. But my portion of the budget is now done, I have clean clothes, tasty banana bread, AND my toilet is flushing normally—the problem was a partially clogged line. Apparently this isn’t an unusual problem in these older houses, where buildup accumulates in the pipes over the decades.

This morning I was up early and went for a run on approximately the same route as last week, starting with a loop around campus while waiting for the sun to come up before heading out toward Hermann Park, Rice University, and eventually Buffalo Bayou. At one point I encountered a group of runners, one of whom was running on one of those curved-blade prostheses that runners use. I’ve seen these in the running and triathlon magazines and of course there was the recent fuss over whether double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius was getting an unfair advantage from his prosthetic legs.

I had never seen anyone IRL with one of these, so my first instinct was to go chasing after the guy so I could tell him how cool his leg was and ask how it worked. Of course, I did no such thing. He might feel self-conscious about it. But it did get me thinking how far we’ve come in technology and as a society when the reaction to a prosthesis is: OMG! Cool alert! Lemme see, pleeeeez???

Oh, and did I mention the guy was nice to look at, too? Buff and blond, about half my age, but none of us is getting any younger, right? Right.

Moving right along, now.

My next-door neighbor, for reasons known only to her unemployed self, has decided to engage in home improvement projects. This would be good, except that they seem to always involve noisy power tools. I was very suspicious when we got back from having Indian food and there was a backhoe in front of her house and an assortment of lesser noisemakers in the yard. Nice. I was up at 6 am, ran 20 miles, and now I was going to be deprived of an afternoon nap? Luckily the noise didn’t start up right away and I was able to sleep for a couple hours, but if she’s fixing up the house to sell, I hope it gets purchased by Orthodox Jews. Then I can count on quiet Saturdays.

Just now, Tidbit managed to fall out of her litterbox. I have no idea how she accomplished this, since it’s a high-wall box and she fell out of the side. She lay on the floor for a few seconds with a surprised look on her face, until I put her back on her feet, watched her hop around, then gave her a treat and rubbed her ears. I love you, Tid. Even if you are a klutz.

Recent Workouts
Monday: 35 minute elliptical, abs
Tuesday: 6 mile run
Wednesday: 40 minute spin, abs
Thursday: 30 minute elliptical
Friday: scheduled rest day
Saturday: 20 mile run


Rigsby said...


If you have some questions about the prosthetic running feet, then shoot me an email at my website and I will try to answer them. Good luck on your season.


Anonymous said...

Oh, bless Tid's little heart! I'm sorry she fell out of her box. Marilyn's weird. Sometimes after I clean their boxes, she'll curl up in one of them like she wants to take a nap.

Sounds like you had a wonderfully productive Friday -- and wow, those prosthetic running feet do sound cool! Right now, I'd like to borrow one after our five-hour hike in the mountains -- whew, it was fun, but my feet are OWIE! :)

Leah J.Utas said...

I think somebody wanted to make sure you had a work from home day.
It sounded like a good, productive day and those can be treasures.
And as for other treasures, how about that Tidbit?

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Your comment about Orthodox Jews cracked me up. Can I send you a few family members?

Kisses to Tidbit. And to you for looking past that prosthetic leg to see the beauty in its owner. Next time, pictures! I love hot men!

Michele said...

Glad to hear your commode is back in proper flushing order. Although, considering Tid's own litterbox mishap, perhaps your house is harboring a toileting poltergeist?

Good luck with the noisy neighbor. Hopefully she'll confine the worst of the DIY to normal hours when you're away at work. Hopefully!

Anonymous said...

sounds like it was a great work at home day and workout. and i gotta say, i've never seen my buns fall outta their litterboxes!

the Bag Lady said...

The Bag Lady can't get the picture of Tid falling out of the litterbox out of her head... funny bunny!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Poor Tidbit .. I hope there is no YouTube of the "event"!

Tender Vittles ... I think that is the term!

Banana Bread must be a great reward for working so hard and long!!!

Vickie said...

We have a few people in the area who use the prosthetic legs or arms. One woman does a triathlon with a prosthesis arm thats a paddle for swimming that she then changes for the bike into another type. Amazing. And these people are fast too!