On Saturday, Mel and I drove to Humboldt to celebrate her father's birthday. We had a good lunch and played cards for a while. We didn't get back home until fairly late.
Today, Mel and I skipped church, taking the opportunity to sleep in instead. Early this afternoon, I had to leave home to head up to the Saint Paul area for work, where I'll be for most of the week.
The Register is reporting that Lance Armstrong will be riding all of this year's ride. He rode RAGBRAI a couple of days last summer. I hope that his presence on the ride won't be disruptive. Last year I heard that some people were riding unsafely, trying to keep up with Armstrong.
While you could follow the above link or even go to the official RAGBRAI web site, I am going to list the overnight towns here:
- Sunday - Rock Rapids to Spencer
- Monday - Spencer to Humboldt (where my parents-in-law live)
- Tuesday - Humboldt to Hampton
- Wednesday - Hampton to Cedar Falls
- Thursday - Cedar Falls to Independence
- Friday - Independence to Dyersville
- Saturday - Dyersville to Bellevue
I will have to check to make sure that I will be able to take the whole week off from work, and that we can afford it, but I think this has the potential to be a great RAGBRAI!
Since Last Week: -1.4 lbs.
YTD Change: -9.6 lbs.
Pounds to Goal: 27.0
Since Last Week: -1.8 lbs.
YTD Change: -8.2 lbs.
Pounds to Goal: 28.4
Yesterday Mel and I ran around town doing some errands. We ordered some shades for the windows in the nursery. They should be in within a couple weeks. It will be very nice to finally have some window coverings in that room. Also, since there weren't any movies playing that we wanted to see, we ended up renting a couple DVDs. We watched one of them last night, The Covenant. It was a pretty good movie. We rented a second movie that we haven't watched yet, Lady in the Water. We'll probably get around to watching it tomorrow since neither of us has to work.
We spent today in Waterloo. There was a benefit lunch for a friend of Mel's. Her friend's husband has had some health issues, so their church was holding a benefit to raise money for them. Afterwards, we spent some time at my mother's condo before going out to dinner at the Other Place on University Avenue in Cedar Falls. We really like the pizza there. The other food is great too, but the pizza is terrific! After dinner we struggled home to Cedar Rapids, driving in the snow. It probably took us a hour and fifteen minutes to get home, about twenty-five percent longer than it usually does. At least we don't have anywhere to go tomorrow morning. That should give the street crews time to clean the streets before we head out.
Since Last Week: -6.4 lbs.
YTD Change: -6.4 lbs.
Pounds to Goal: 30.2
This morning, Mel and I left our hotel in Ames to go to Des Moines. We had to pick up the changing table/dresser that we had ordered at Babies "R" Us in Clive when we were there last month. After getting home to Cedar Rapids, I had to have my friend Homercles come over to help us get it into the house. I hung the Winnie the Pooh wallpaper border that we purchased a few months ago. Now the baby's nursery is really beginning to come together. Perhaps I'll post a photo of the nursery to my blog some time in the future. The baby's due date is three months from yesterday. I am sure these final three months will go by faster than we will expect. I suppose we should enjoy our final days of freedom before the baby is born.
There is one thing that I did miss out on this weekend. Yesterday was the date of the wrestling tournament at Highland High School in Riverside, Iowa. I started helping out with the tournament in 2000, during the first year that I taught at Highland. Even after leaving Highland in 2002, I have returned to help out with the tournament. I have really enjoyed helping out and seeing some of the people I used to work with as well as some of my former students. I am not sure if I will help out next year. This year the students who I had as seventh graders in my last year teaching there are seniors, so next year, I will know none of the students. I may still help out though if I am not busy with other commitments, but I think I will probably be busy taking care of my child.
And speaking of reading, one more thing I plan on doing more of this year, at least until the baby is born, is to read more. I got plenty of books for Christmas so I had better get started reading them. I just have to decided which one to start with now.
This new year is starting with some New Year's resolutions for me.
- One of them is to cut back significantly on my soda consumption, limiting myself to no more than twenty-four ounces per day. I am going to be replacing a lot of my soda with water. That should help me be a bit healthier.
- I am also going to try very hard to watch what I eat and try to lose some weight. In the past month I gained about ten pounds! A good part of that is probably due to my eleven-day business trip in the middle of the month. Holiday candy probably didn't help much either. I have 36.6 pounds to lose to reach my goal. I don't expect this to happen overnight or even within a month or two, but with perseverance, I can reach achieve this goal by my thirty-fifth birthday this October.
- Finally, I am going to exercise more -- at least three times a week for a minimum of twenty minutes each time. Getting our elliptical fixed will help with this. I tried to call to get it fixed today, but the number I called was for repairs under the extended warranty. That doesn't go into effect until the one-year standard warranty expires in a few weeks. So tomorrow, I will need to call the regular warranty number to get the machine fixed.
If I should slip and fail in some of these resolutions, I need to remember that it isn't a reason to quit altogether. I will probably have some lapses. For example, I exceeded my soda limit by sixteen ounces. The first Tuesday of each month is free coffee and soda day at work. I filled my twenty-ounce mug two times. Without the free soda at work tomorrow, I should do better.