Found this sign company today doing a web search for a completely unrelated topic (it’s kind of interesting the stuff you stumble across using Google images).
Anyway, Atlas Signs and Plaques is super cool, and they have a blog on signs. As I’ve been browsing around their product site, I am looking at so many things thinking, ooh, I want that! Further poking around, I started browsing their blog. I wouldn’t have thought a “sign blog” would be much of interest, but it actually is and it provides a non-overwhelming showcase of some of their pieces.
Don’t be to confused however, this post is not completely selfless – by posting about them and their blog, I’m getting an entry for a free welcome sign. Check them out and see how you too can gain entries for a free sign.
So, for a while the hubby and I would dream about driving the Alaska-Canada Highway, a.k.a. ALCAN Highway. Yesterday I got a bur under my saddle and decided to talk seriously with him about it. After all, we have always talked about taking 4-5 weeks to do it. We’d also want to outfit our rig better for the trip and really make it a memorable trip for the whole family.
I mapped it out from our house, driving the ALCAN Highway, going up to Fairbanks, down to Anchorage and back home again is right about 6,500 miles. So, taking that figure and estimating an average driving time of about 5 hours a day to allow for time to actually see stuff, that puts the trip to be about 23 days. So, our estimate of 4-5 weeks is right on.
Next was to think about WHEN. I would want to wait a year or two to be with my firm for a while before taking 5 weeks off. We would want to give ourselves plenty of time to trick out the truck in the manner which we believe to be appropriate, which includes, but is not limited to the following: beefed up suspension including a couple inch lift; adding an auxiliary fuel tank; new bumper with winch; new rear bumper custom designed to work with our Four Wheel Camper, which would hold a jack, spare tire, etc.; and possibly replacing the truck bed with a custom flatbed with removable storage compartments to fit perfectly with the camper with a locked box for the generator additional exterior storage. Additionally, we’d want to give ourselves enough time to sock away a good amount of money to take on the trip so we could in our personal high style.
Another consideration on timing is the age of the kids. We want B to be old enough to really get a memorable experience from the trip. So ultimately, we’re looking at the summer of 2012 – that way if the world ends in December of 2012, we got to do this trip of a lifetime. Yes, there’s a tone of sarcasm there.
Actually, I think that will be perfect timing. It’s 2.5 years from now and quite frankly, it gets me pretty excited to think about the trip with my family. How awesome will the experience be for the kids who will then be 3.5 and almost 8.
I’ve officially blocked out the dates in my calendar. Now the planning begins. Whee!
As much traffic this blog has generated regarding the Colorado bar exam, you’d think I could offer more. Haha. But, I don’t live, practice, or do any work in Colorado. I love Colorado however.
Anyway, I don’t have really much to offer on that subject. But, instead, I’m going to just randomly right stuff that is interesting to me on a particular day. So, this blog may touch on running, it may touch on the practice of law, it may touch on cooking, it may touch on traveling, it may touch on children, it may touch upon politics or religion. It’s my space, my interests, and what I want to do and I need an outlet somewhere and this seems to be as good of a forum as anything.
Humm, goals often seem no more substantive than the air they are spoke from. Alas, the cyclical nature of my life continues.
I am trying to not think that a new mindset that I am experiencing is a short term dillusion. Often times, I will *think* I’ve crossed into a new mentality, only to find that it is not anything perminant.
I am trying very hard to only take one day at a time and look only at the individual day, the goals I have set out for me for that particular day, and to not look any farther into the future than tomorrow. Right now, it feels good. I can’t screw up too much if I’m only focusing on today.
So, this morning I hear the alarm and truly contemplate the consequences of not getting up. The bed was warm, I was comfortable, and I still felt tired. As I lay there, I just couldn’t not get up. It wasn’t like I had this wave of motivation or even drive, it was more a necessity. Like when you have to get up to go to work. And up I went.
I quickly got my running gear on, grabbed the Garmin and headed out the front door to put my shoes on. I fired up the Garmin, laced up the shoes and got the Moeben sleeves pulled up. Started walking down the stairs to hear the Garmin beep at me. I look at it and the battery is dead. Bummer, I guess it didn’t charge last night. Oh well. Knowing my goal was 2 miles this morning, I had already planned my route. No biggie, just didn’t have a watch to keep track of my time. I suppose I could have used the iPod, but that required much too much cognitive ability at 5:30 am without coffee.
This morning was different than yesterday. First off, it was warmer. But, that wasn’t the difference. Once I got my feet moving, I actually had motivation to push myself a little harder. Well, not enough to run just yet, but to definitely push it harder.
This morning was a morning where my mind was occupied more with the past than the present or future. I was having some in depth thoughts about myself and I realize that I have some old anger and hurt that I just have a hard time letting go. I never thought of myself as someone who kept grudges, but I am learning that in some respects I do.
I am already finding a great appreciation and solace in having even these few minutes alone with myself. It is something that I’ve been hungry to have again for a very long time, and I am joyful in the experience.
Another day down and another goal met. Right now, I only have one other goal, and that is to repeat today tomorrow. There is a certain liberation to not looking so far in the future as I have frequently and consistently done in the past. Experiencing the moment, living in the now, and accomplishing the accomplishable is wonderful and rewarding.
Get up and do 2 miles again tomorrow morning.
The alarm went off this morning at 5am. I didn’t really hear it, or maybe it was that I didn’t want to hear it. After all, having the radio come on is pretty easy to just decide to sleep through. However, somewhere about 5:18 a.m. my brain said to my body – “Get Up.” And the body complied.
I managed to get dressed and out the door without waking anyone up, which was a nice thing, at least I’m assuming Chet appreciated that fact I didn’t wake the kids up at 5:30 this morning. As I stepped outside, I realized it was a bit chilly, which I had planned on. I pulled up my Moben sleeves and proceeded to get all my reflective flashy stuff on. I then realized that the flashy do-hicky armband’s battery was dead. Bummer. But, it wasn’t too big of an issue considering that it was already starting to get light.
Off I went. I started out walking. After all, it’s been probably more than a year since I’ve actually legitimately RAN, and I’m really trying to do this differently this time. I am seriously trying to ease back into this because I don’t want to end up in the same cycle I’ve repeated for the past 15 years. So, I started out walking with a simple goal in mind – complete 2 miles.
I have a practically spot on 2 mile loop from the house, and off I went. I figured if I felt REALLY good, then I’d go ahead and kick it up a notch and throw a jog in there. But, that was not a goal nor was it really even an aspiration. This morning was simply about one thing – get up at the appointed time and completing the planned distance. Time was not a concern, nor was the means of accomplishing it as long as I did it upright and with a smile on my face.
Immediately I was taken back almost two years where I was getting up every morning and running, and why I enjoyed it so much. There is something tremendously peaceful about being out early in the morning. The air is cool and it is quiet. There is not a lot of noise from traffic, people working, etc. There is peacefulness early in the morning. Also there is something wonderful about experiencing sunrise.
As I passed through the regional park near the house, I was deeply caught up in thought as the warmth of the sun rising began to my back. That’s the other thing I remember I enjoyed and I realize how much I’ve missed – just having that deep thought process. There is something to be said about how you can really work through things on your mind that are bugging you out alone during a workout. Maybe it’s because you have extra oxygen invigorating every cell? Maybe it’s because your mind clears and you’re more open to deep thoughts without a lot of distraction from the telephone/computer/television/family. It’s probably both and much more.
The two miles went by rather quickly and I was reminded of yet another thing enjoyable about early morning workouts – seeing so much and watching the world wake up around you. This morning was the accomplishment of my first goal. So, now that I accomplished that it is time to set a second goal, and that is to repeat this morning tomorrow morning, but maybe a different 2 mile loop.