River Knee Knee River

So the Bow is really high.

That’s part of the River Walk that runs under Centre Street. They’ve got it closed off because of the amount of water that’s pooling in that low portion.

IN OTHER NEWS, I think I gave myself runner’s knee. I had no idea runner’s knee was a thing, but ever since I did the dumb of jumping from “run a 10k every other week or so” to “let’s run two half-marathons in a week because we can!” my left knee has been giving me some issues. Not enough issues to make me stop walking (it would basically take my entire leg falling off to make me stop walking, let’s be honest), but it starts to hurt after about 12 miles or so.

At least, I’m assuming it’s runner’s knee. Hopefully not something more serious.

‘Cause like hell I’m seeing a doctor.

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Here, Have Some More

Y’all thought I was done with the obnoxious home movies yet?

Y’all thought wrong.

Here’s another “series” which is really just two videos titled “Hiking with Altoids” and “Hiking with Altoids II.” I’m a little bit older in these—sixth grade or so, probably.

For whatever reason, Altoids were what was happening in 6th grade. Everyone had a tin of them, we traded flavors, and we had competitions over who could hold the most Altoids in their mouth without freaking out over how strong the taste was. We pretended they were drugs.

Catholic school kids gone bad.

Our family also happened to live in a house with a back yard that ran right up against the U of I arboretum. Which, of course, was a perfect place for a lot of my nonsense movies.

So enjoy Hiking with Altoids and Hiking with Altoids II.

 

Yeah, this was what I did with my spare time.

BACH-A-DOODLE DOOOOO

My sense of direction and ability to orient my own self in space is absolutely terrible. I probably couldn’t navigate my way out of a paper bag.

But my spatial rotation skills? They’re quite good.

Test here!

I remember getting a pretty high score on this on that aptitude test thing I did in Seattle back in 2005, too.

I have no idea why I can correctly mentally rotate block structures but can’t retrace my own damn steps to get home. Different spatial processes, I suppose.

 

 

CRUISE PLANNED!

We all know that planning for the future is sometimes the only thing that can make me happy. Luckily, tonight Nate and I got to engage in some future planning. Specifically, we bought our tickets for our honeymoon cruise!

I mentioned a few days ago that we were likely going to try to do this this year, and the timing seems like it’s going to work out the best this year, so why not? We’re doing the 7-day inside passage with Glacier Bay cruise to Alaska in late August.

It’s been a while since I’ve been on a cruise (the last time was in July 2011), so I’m super excited! I really hope Nate likes it.

Check out our ship. We’ve got a balcony room.

WOO EXCITEMENT!

PIKACHU! ALLDKFJLSJFKLJFAK!

I am having an incredibly difficult time right now.

That’s all I’ve got today, sorry.

RIGHTY-O

Remember a while back when I was talking about how Nate and I were planning on doing our honeymoon cruise next year?

Well, we’re changing things up a bit and hope to do it…this August instead!

We have to move fairly quickly to arrange everything to make it all work (and to, you know, make sure we can actually get tickets), but we think it will happen. Super exciting!

Also, I might be coming back down for another Moscow visit in early August. My April/May trip wasn’t as long as it was supposed to be and I feel like this might be the last summer I’ll really be able to hang out with my mom in the ‘Scow, so get ready for (possibly) more Claudia, you lucky Idaho fools.

SOMEONE THROW ME OFF THE ROOF, PLEASE

My incompetence makes me physically ill.

I do not deserve the people in my life who put up with me.

Hell, I don’t deserve my life, period.

jkhkjhjhkjhk

Depressed, barely-able-to-function, “trying is hard” guy is me.

Dog is my loved ones (Nate, mom, Jazzy).

I do not deserve.

More Embarrassment

So last weekend y’all got The Grandpa Twins. This weekend it’s Coo News at 8:30, aka “The Most Depressing News Channel Ever.”

Not sure what a coo is? Read this.

That “accent” I’m using is how coos talk.

Also, sorry about it getting all warbly at the end. This was at the very end of the tape.

I ACCIDENTALLY A HALF MARATHON AGAIN

So it turns out that running two half-marathons in a week without ever running more than 8 miles at a time will lead to disturbing pain in one’s knee.

Who knew?!?!?!

Anyway. Gonna take a break on the running for a bit, but not for too long. There’s a marathon in October that I might be able to work my way up to in time. We’ll see. There’s also a marathon/half-marathon up in Banff later this month, but I’ll still be teaching and will probably be WAY too busy to take the time to go to Banff and run (I’d only do the half-marathon, of course, haha).

ALSO, Mario Kart is awesome. I’d never played it before (believe it or not), but Nate got Mario Kart 8 for the Switch and we’ve been playing it for a bit now. I don’t know why I just decided to blog about that, especially since we didn’t play tonight, but there ya go.

I like to play King Boo. Look at how cool he looks!

Anyway.

Zeet Zeet I’m a Beet

HOKAY, so I’ve walked a total of 2,199.32 miles this year so far. I want to get to 2,500 by July 1st.

So can I walk 300.68 miles in June?

I should be able to. Heck, given what I’ve walked so far this year, I’m actually averaging 439.864 miles per month, which is way more than I’ve ever done per month in the past.

SNAZZY!

Also, have some Braves playing terribly.

Claudia’s Semi-Regular Music Dump

Yo.

So this year is still going strong as being an exceptionally good year for music, so you get some tracks ‘cause I’m a nice person who just happens to have absolutely nothing else to blog about today.

GO!

  • It’s been a long while since I’ve picked up a Fireflies remix.
  • Electronica Green Day? This one works.
  • Have some Holst.
  • HANS ZIMMER, WHY YOU GOTTA MAKE SUCH HEART-WRENCHING MUSIC???? Beyond 1:40, I cranked it so loud that I think I almost blew out my headphones. And, you know, my eardrums.
  • And finally: I’ve already given this song its own blog post awhile back, but there are five-star songs, and then there are Five Star songs. This is the latter. I just love this song.

 

Today: I Accidentally a Half-Marathon

Me: I ran a half-marathon this morning!
Also me: I AM PANICKING BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET MY WORK DONE ALSDKFJASDFJDWSFSLG

To be fair, though, doing the half marathon reduced the amount of time it usually takes me to get my 15 miles in, so there ya go.

But yeah, it was kind of accidental. I was originally planning on doing 10k down by the river, which I did. I went out 5k and came back 5k, but then, instead of going back up the hill to get back home, I decided to Forrest Gump it and run in the other direction to see how far I could go.

Which turned out to be 5k out and 5k back again.

Of course, that’s only 12.42 miles, which meant I had to run up that damn hill by the hospital to get to 13.1, which is half-marathon distance. Worth it, though. The furthest I’ve ever run is about 10 miles, but that was with at least three stops. I didn’t stop at all today.

Remember yesterday when I mentioned I’m really bad at training when it comes to running?

OKAY SO NEW GOAL:

I want to run the Calgary marathon next year.

I had no idea that there even was a Calgary marathon (though it makes sense that there is, of course; most big cities have one), but when I went walking down by the river this afternoon they had one whole side of Memorial Drive (plus other roads) blocked off for the marathon.

The runners inspired me, so now I want to go for it next year.

Considering I can only currently run about 10k (6.2 miles) in a stretch, it’s going to take a bit of work to get up to marathon distance (26.219 miles). But considering I run a decent amount and walk as much as I do, I think getting to that point should be possible.

YAY GOALS!

Whyyyyyyyyy am I such trash?

IhatemyselfIhatemyselfIhatemyselfIhatemyselfIhatemyselfIhatemyself

People who deserve a better wife: Nate

People who have a husband that is way too good to them: Me

People who should be thrown into the river: Also me

The end.

Here, Enjoy This

Alrighty, guys.

So if you remember, about a month ago I mentioned that I bought a nice cheap (~$50) video camera from Amazon. At the time, I said that the main purpose for my purchasing this video camera would be revealed later.

It’s later, so here we go:

I have hours and hours of old videos I made when I was a kid and was obsessed with my mom’s camcorder. Because I’m too cheap/embarrassed to take these videos to any sort of film/camera place to have them converted to DVD and/or mp4 type thing, I’m going old-school high-quality and will be using the video camera to record the videos playing on the TV so that I can then transfer them to my computer and keep them safe forever (some of the old tapes are really close to breaking).

Anyway, several of these videos contain episodes from a series called The Grandpa Twins. The grandpa twins were two sock puppets (in the loosest sense; I just stuck plain old socks on my hands without any embellishments) who were quite gay and who had incredibly weird adventures.

Let’s make that series the first set of videos I re-record, shall we?

And because this blog is like an extension of my existence, y’all get to experience this nonsense.

These episodes were completely unscripted; I came up with a random theme at the intro and then just went with it. I was also somewhere between 8 and 10 years old (based off the hairstyle and that freaking Simba shirt that I would never take off), so there’s that as well. Yes, there’s paint on everything. Art rules.

So for your enjoyment and my embarrassment, I present the thrilling* saga** of The Grandpa Twins.

 

* hardly
** not really

BLUUUUUUUUUUE

Hi.

I was screwing around on iTunes this evening before lecture and decided to browse my “recommended” songs. One of those songs? The instrumental of Love is Blue by Paul Mauriat.

Which is freaking awesome, because this was a song I’d gotten from one of my dad’s CDs a long time ago (as in, “before I even had an iPod and burned all my favorite songs to a CD” long time ago) but it had somehow gotten lost from my music collection.

NOW IT’S BACK!

Crank it, it’s beautiful.

Yay.

(Sorry, I’m really busy so you get garbage blogs.)

Jimmy crack corn, and I don’t ca—OH GOD NOW HE’S MURDERING PEOPLE

An Ode to Garbage Weather and My Recently Deceased Umbrella
(to the tune of this part of the Pirates of the Caribbean music)

What in the fuck
is all this rain
It’s like it’s GODDAMN VANCOUVER 
I’m not a duck
I hate the wet
I just want to be dry.

I should get home
but I cannot
Cause I just LOST MY UMBRELLA 
It caught the wind
It flew away
It’s gone forever, goodbye.

True story.

Busking!

Wow, hey, so the other day (Saturday?) when Nate and I were out walking, we stopped to sit on a bench down in Eau Claire to chill out for a few minutes, and there was this guy across from us busking. The song he was singing was super catchy, but I didn’t get the chance to look up the lyrics until this evening.

I was thinking it was a Jimmy Buffett song or something (it had that style), but it’s actually a song he wrote himself! And when I found the song and Googled his name (Perry Wilson), I found this video about him:

How cool is that?

Here’s a good recording of the song that you can buy for $1 if you like it.

 

Edit: man, all the songs on that album are good. Just buy the album.