Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thursday Randomness

Random Thing #1 - Training

Training has been going well this week, although there isn't much eventful for me to talk about really.  Well, I do have something pretty cool to mention which is going to help me tremendously in heading toward Ironman Lake Placid, but I am going to talk about that in a later post.  Right now I am sitting at a car dealership waiting for my truck to get service on a recall and the computer keeps crashing on me.  It is more fun than you would think.

Anyway, I did one stupid run in the middle of the day Tuesday when it was about 90 degrees or so and the air was so thick and heavy it was like breathing through a sponge (go ahead Jeff, call me a wuss!)  It was a nice reminder to get up early to do my workouts. 

If I ever get out of this place I am riding my bike for an hour today, I can't wait.

Random Thing #2 - Funny stuff
I love the blog Hyperbole and a Half - it is always a riot.  Allie Brosh's latest post, Four Levels of Social Entrapment, is my life, I swear.  Check it out.

Random Thing #3 - Bailey Pictures!
I love to walk to the Appalachian Trail (AT) Crossing in the evenings.  This is where the AT hikers must get across the Kennebec River after hiking about 2000 miles.  It is a short walk to the crossing, only about a mile to get there. 
Rush hour, Caratunk, ME

Appalachian Trail and Kennebec River
And....the last crash of the computer ate the picture of the crossing. Beautiful!  Now that I am annoyed, let me mention a random thing about me that really seems to really bother people.

Random Thing #4 - Lobster and Olives
I do not like Lobster or Olives.   This has caused me much social awkwardness.

People love waste their time trying to convince me that I MUST like lobster ("Because you are from Maine!!  People from Maine eat lobster!")  HEY I have an idea, why don't you just eat mine.  See? Win win!  My new line is that I am allergic.  Which I am not, but that seems to make everyone more comfortable. 

And regarding the olives...Why do people always ask me when I say no olives on my Italian sandwich (or anything) - "OH! No olives? Really?  Hmmm...How about green ones?"
I told you, random stuff today. 

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32 comments:

Matty O said...

Yeah... sooo no olives for me either. Lobster though... MAN you are missing out girl!

Beautiful pics. Bailey should have the thermos of brandy or whiskey that they st. bernards have around their necks :)

I hate car dealers... big time.

Running in heat is fun... what is wrong with you?! :)

Alexa said...

I want to hike the entire Appalachian Trail!

Christi said...

I love the pics also! Sorry you have to hang out at the car dealership. That does not sound like fun at all!

Andrew Opala said...

I'm with you on the Lobster and Olives. I also don't like Genesis or Ezekiel Bread! (Come on people these guys all died in the wilderness - I want to eat what the Babylonians or the Egyptians were eating!)

My wife loves to use up all the good rye and pumpernickels that I like making croutons and then all we got is the 'Biblical' loaves!

PETE said...

I also Have a strong dislike for olives and lobster and share some apparent head damage that surely is the cause of this. It is nice to read I'm not the only socially inept one, I will actually stall for 15 minutes at the bananas just to get some space between myself and someone I know EVEN if I like them, I fear I cannot keep my size 12 foot or six inch thick tongue from somehow making me appear as big an idiot as I feel. I've pretended to be engrossed in the list of ingredients, walked directly back out of restaurants and spent ten minutes trying to scrub all the skin off my hands hoping someone would leave, get sick, go blind or in some other way release me from acknowledgement...and again, these are people I like!!
Maybe there is something to this head damage theory

Mike Russell said...

I had a surf and turf this week at Harry Carry's in Chicago and I thought I had gone to heaven. Of course, I do hate the olives too...

Alex said...

Love the caption of rush hour traffic..lol

Jon said...

Mandy! My face hurts from laughing so hard at that Hyperbole and a Half Blog. Holy crap!!!! Did you read the pain scale post? Oh man......

I love that picture of Bailey and rush hour!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

O-kay, I am totally coming to visit you b/c I cannot believe you live close to part of the appalachian trail! Someday, I will hike all of it!
I used to hate olives, but now I actually enjoy them. It's weird how my tastes have changed since I've gotten older.

misszippy said...

I want that piece of trail near me! Of course, as beautiful as Maine is, I don't think I'm tough enough for your winters.

Gonna check out those blogs--thanks for the heads up.

Now--go eat some lobster!

The Green Girl said...

Your rush hour shot cracked me up!

Luke said...

Is Bailey doing better?

I feel you on teh lobster. I have to tell people I am allergic to tomatoes. I hate them and then people say "just pick them off", but you see I can still taste them. If I tell people I am allergic nobody ever argues with me.

Midwestern Dot said...

Oh Mandy, the more I read your posts, the more I like you. Well, first let me say thanks for extra face time for your handsome boy.
Second, I don't like lobster and olives either. I don't like seafood at all, and it was difficult living on the coast in Spain explaining that to everyone...in Spanish. I should have talked to you sooner and learned the word for allergic and then I would have been good to go!

Dude, that rush hour looks intense. You better take reading material for the car.

Krista said...

The social entrapment link is hilarious!!

I'm with you on the lobster - I don't hate it, but I don't love it and I definetly don't want to pay an outrageous price for it!

Regina said...

those illustrations on that blog are hilarious!! If you ever get a chance to read this children's book (why would you, really?) called, "The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog", it has the same kind of simple drawings and the expressions are priceless. I digress.....

I LOVE lobster and olives. IN fact I at a lobster roll last night and a ton of oysters, do you like oysters??????

I'm going to guess your news......new coach???

Patrick Mahoney said...

love olives. sorry. Give me a Mediterranean small plate with olives, spanish cheese, chorizo, etc. and that's like heaven.

RockStarTri said...

No olives, no lobster, but a nice ribeye.... ahhhhh!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

I read allie's blog too .. she is hysterical!

Hey any chance of you getting hit by the Hurricane? If you need any tips shot me an email we are pros down here when it comes to hurricanes!

Big Clyde said...

Regarding olives and lobster, you are brilliant to cite allergies as a defense. No one can figure out allergies and it can get you free from stuff you don't like.

Officially, I'm hereby declaring that I am allergic to sour cream, cream cheese, mayo, flan, custard, and any other weird sour or custardy thing that someone shoves my way.

Julie said...

Hi Mandy,
I love your random posts! They always make me smile:) What is all of this talk of lobster and olives? I don't mind lobster and I like olives but it took twenty years:)

BTW, I read your comment and now I am so curious..how much did you spend on your bike? It must of been alot if your truck could be paid off without it:)

Thank God that tomorrow is Friday:)

Anne-Marie said...

Love the trail picture -- looks gorgeous up there!

I don't like olives and lobster either. Most people don't understand how I can't like lobster and say stuff like, "You don't like lobster? You don't know what you're missing..." and proceed to go on and on about how great it is. My response is that I've lived 29 years without it, so I guess I'm not missing that much ;)

Luke said...

Tagged you on my blog in blog tag. Maybe fule for your next random day.

KJ said...

Note to self: send someone to intercept the crate of lobsters sent to Mandy.

Damn. And Texas is SO well-known for lobster.

No worries, I hate lobsters AND olives. We must be twins separated at birth. Except I'm older.

JudyMac said...

I do like rush hours like that! Ours is similar, but has a tractor wending its way home!

Great photos of Bailey enjoying himself, is he feeling better now?

She said I need a goal said...

My mother would like to disown me because I don't like lobster. I also don't like olives and don't even get me started on peas..

:-) I love Thursday randoms though!!

Jeffrey said...

Lobster and olives...just push them to the side of your plate - this garbage gut will take em for you!
As for your rush hour pic - classic. Bet it makes for some safe riding/running!

skierz said...

o lobster and no olives! oh well! that makes you a cheaper date! :) love the photos of Bailey, aren't dog photos always cool though!

Rachelle said...

Ben and I call olives "Satan's Eggs".

DRog said...

totally lol of the Bailey pic and the Rush Hour comment...for some reason that is hilarious to me - awesome trail.
-Derek

Kovas Palubinskas said...

"something pretty cool to mention which is going to help me tremendously in heading toward Ironman Lake Placid, but I am going to talk about that in a later post" - nice, now I have to come back and read your blog on another day. Sigh. You had me at something.

Molly said...

I would eat your lobster, AND olives for you. Great photos!!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I wish I had that rush hour

as for Jeff, he thinks 60's is too cold to train outside, so he shouldnt call you a wuss