After a week of my absence I'm sure you're all (3) huddled in your cubicles trying to figure out what you will use as a substitute for the 3-5 minute window I normally fill.
I am back with little blurbs about what has passed in my little sphere and what's to come.First up
, I've just returned from a much needed sojourn into the woods to commune with nature. (Rob, I just threw up a little in my mouth.) My surprise bday gift from Kelson was a camping trip and white water rafting expedition! Friday after work, Tony, Kel, BGH and I headed through Nueva Jersey for the Barryville Base of the Upper Delaware River
What I enjoyed most was assuming my usual role as "Sister Fire". After reaching camp, I jumped out of GiGi (Kelson's car)with my firewood and matches and began to gather kindling. I made scrambled eggs, toast and swine the first morning and pancakes the next. I also made the campers call me "CookY" for the weekend.
The rafting trip was an adventure... to say the least. BGH had some pretty funny remarks, most of which had to do with how he really enjoyed the first two scenic
miles but was ready to take the van back to camp after the river kept twisting to reveal more river
. The highlight came after we thought we were done, only to find out our launch was another mile and a half away. Rob tipped his head back and yelled, "Damn you river!"
and I could clearly envision him in black and white wearing a head scarf and cat eye glasses. In other news
Yay for Yao! - I read this story
about a week ago and it made me feel better.
As some of you may or may not know, I LOVE sharks. My favorite is the black tipped reef shark but I think they're all pretty fascinating.
I'll never forget going to the Niagara Aquarium with my uncle
and cousin Kate and practically crying at the shark use
exhibit. I was disgusted that nowhere in the display was there any information about the supreme importance of the shark's role in the health of our oceans. Worse still is the cruel death these sharks endure. They are dragged to the side of the boat, finned and tossed back to the ocean floor. Without water passing through their gills, it is only a matter of time before they suffocate.
This is a shameful and unnecessary waste of an animal's life with no respect for its sacrifice. If an animal is to be killed, let it be in a humane way, using all of its parts with a sense of reverence for the life force and for your own place in the food chain.
OK. deep breath. soap box removed.
Wow, That girl loves her some fishes...Tick tock, tick tock.
12 more days til I run the first ever NYC Nike Half Marathon. I'll be running with my sister
, the over-achiever, at least for the first few miles.
View the inaugural NYC Half-Marathon Presented by NIKE from a NIKE Cheering Zone on Sunday, August 27, and you'll have a great view of your friends, family, and some of the worlds fastest runners and enjoy entertainment, coffee, and breakfast treats. Ooh! Breakfast treats!
NIKE Cheering Zone 1 at Central Park South and Seventh Avenue will have on-stage entertainment and traditional New York breakfast foods.
NIKE Cheering Zone 2, at West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue in Times Square, entertainment will include a performance by Broadway show stars and breakfast.
NIKE Cheering Zone 3, at Canal Street and the West Side Highway, a DJ will entertain while NIKE serves up fresh waffles. mmm. waffles.
The proceeds from all coffee and breakfast sales will go directly to a New York City charity. yes, but which one?
To plan your morning, see a course map, and perhaps come cheer me on (Oh yeah - and the other athletes) who will battle for $60,000 in prize money, click here
. I'll be lucky if I get 6 pennies, pelted at me by a homeless man I'm panting past at 7:30am.
Well that's all the news unfit to print. I'm off to smoke cigarettes and drink pomegranate juice. I'm concerned about free radicals, you see.