Thursday, August 31, 2006

It was such a beautiful morning that I spaced out a little and forgot to take food for my lunch,but as it turned out I didn't need to because the guys made chili.I actually wore a light coat this morning as the air was so fresh.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

2 weeks from today I will be leaving to go to my cousins wedding,it will be the first wedding I have been to for quite a while,so it should be interesting ( well at least for me )We seem to have made up for the lack of rain at the beginning of the month in the last few days,but right now it is cool and dry.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Believe it or not that thing in the photo is agiant cake made of popcorn.It is just about to be put in that dumpster.It is made entirely of popcorn and suger syrup and stands 23 1/2 feet high,look for it in the next guiness book of records.

Monday, August 28, 2006

It had been a tough weekend and when I woke up this morning it was raining,so I decided not to go to work for the couple of hours I usually do on a monday.Also some of my friends who have been visiting were leaving today,so it was a chance to spend a last few hours.We have had a pretty cool August probably the coolest for some time.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The rain continues to come down here in New York,but this is keeping the temperatures nice and cool which makes for good sleeping conditions at night.Usually at this time of year we are struggling with high temp's and high humidity so it is a pleasant change.Oh! my beloved Wolves won yesterday and are at the moment in 5th place in the Championship,it's early in the season yet though.


Saturday, August 26, 2006

So it is the day after the marathon,although I have some soreness in my quadriceps I feel pretty good .Surprisingly my left foot does not hurt at all.The rain continued to fall through the night and the temperature has stayed cool.I am optimistic that my recovery will only take a couple of days.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Well I am back home! The day started with a 1 hour bus ride to Rockland State park,there were about 800 runners and the start was overcast and cool.Then about 1 hour into it the rain came and at one time the scene resembled an Indian monsoon,which made me really laugh at times.I managed to maintain a decent pace for the first 15 miles with some problems from my left foot.Then I started to have some problems with my upper leg muscles maybe not fully recovered from my July weight loss.I was happy the whole time running a slow time ( for me ) of 5 hours and 13 minutes,I know I will be stronger for the next race that comes along.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Left work a few minutes early,needed to get a few things for tomorrow.The race starts at 7am and the buses to get there leave at 4:30 ,so I have to get all my stuff together before I sleep tonight.The race is in a beautiful upstate park around a lake,a pretty flat course,so when I get back I will post and let you know how I did.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I took this photo a few days ago,the plant is from south america and it shows how exotic plants can be grown out of doors in New York in the summer.I have seen this one around for a couple of years now,of course it needs to be protected in the winter.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Everything at work seems to go by so quickly,isn't that the way we always want it to be.I have plenty of work and so I can keep busy.It is only a few days before I run the marathon and last night I picked up my number,I am feling quite relaxed.

Monday, August 21, 2006

It's monday,washing day and the weather is good for it warm sunny and a nice breeze.But I am also feeling very lazy today,though I did manage to get in a decent run around noon.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

I spent the day at the local tennis ground and this little creature stopped by but was so fast he would not stay in focus. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Today was an interesting day for me.I had to help out at the 2 mile race because we had a field of over 300 runners and a new mens race record of 9mins 10 seconds was set.I went out for a run later.My left foot which has been bothering me for the last 2 few days has not seemed to bother me when I run, and infact my running has seemed very relaxed and natural the last few days.I am hoping this stays like this for the next week at least since I have a marathon in 6 days.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Today is a day of mixed emotions,on one hand agood friend of mine has a birthday,and on the other hand it is 11 years this evening since I lost my mother to a violent act.Life goes on and time goes by.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Days are going by so fast I can hardly remember to post some thing.Last night I took my 3 friends from Bosnia on a short subway ride to Jackson heights which is an area not far from where I live that is full of Indian stores and restaurants,there is so much to see there and I think it was interesting for them to see wothout going all the way to manhattan.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I recieved my new flash card for my camera last night,and already I have been asked by a couple of people to get cards for them.Flash card memory is so cheap now and it gives you so much space for your photo's.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I just realised that I have not posted,it has been a busy day for me, and this evening I recieved some new flash cards I had ordered for my camera.Flash card memory is so cheap nowadays,and it will allow me to take lots of photo's with my new camera when I go to my cousins wedding next month.

Monday, August 14, 2006

The humidity has returned,well at least more than the last few days anyway.But the temps are still not what they were earlier in the month.I seem to have recovered quite well from my run yesterday,and manage a nice little run today.2 of my friends from Bosnia arrive today,not only on their first trip to New York,but I think their first flight anywhere.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

A great sunday morning greeted me as I walked to the corner to meet Utpal the temp was just 62 f after a few minutes of running we ran into a couple of friends who are visiting from Slovakia and the four of us ran out to the 5 mile point,then Utpal and 1 guy ran on and me and the other 1 ran back.I ran at a good pace and completed the full 10 miles with no major problem from my left foot,so there has been continued improvement over the last few weeks.The marathon is less than 2 weeks away and I am happy with my progress.

Friday, August 11, 2006

It is my sisters birthday today and I talked with her for about an hour this morning.I also discovered that there is a punk rock group in wales called A New Day and it will be interesting to see if I get some of thier traffic on my blog.


Thursday, August 10, 2006

Nothing much to report,the weather is so much cooler at the moment,and for the first time in a while we had thunderstorms this evening.It was so pleasant walking to work this morning.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

We are experiencing a cool spell at the moment with the temperature only reaching 79 f today and going down into the 60's at night,which makes for good sleeping after the hot sticky nights we had last week.My friend Abichal finished running 3100 miles late last night,it took him 58 days 16 hours 22 minutes and 4 seconds,for his 3rd time finishing the race.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Nipples Adventure

You've seen the photo well here is the video of our cat at work.

Monday, August 07, 2006

There is a definate change in the weather,although it was still humid this morning it has begun to feel much cooler.Though it did get into the mid 80's this afternoon it did not feel so.In fact the temperatures are actually close to normal for this time of the year.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Sunday morning 74 f and 79% humidity went for my usual run with Utpal,I am feeling stonger and seem to have recovered well from the race yesterday.So I manage to run 10 miles with a little difficulty near the end,but I am happy that I am improving.The weather is in a much cooler phase,closer to normal for this time of the year.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Conditions for the 2 mile race were good this week,temp' around 75 f and humidity about 55% but I wasn't feeling so good,and the first half of the race was a bit of a struggle.I started feeling better and finished with a time of 15:37 which I was quite happy with.

Friday, August 04, 2006

I hope you enjoyed the video I posted yesterday,it was put togehter by my illustrator in Bulgaria and is the start of a project to make a short animated movie of the first Dilly and Dally book.The weather people said it would not be so hot today,but it hit 93 f with a heat index of 100 so it felt just as hot as the last couple of days,we will see.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Walking Duck

This a 3D model of a duck from my childrens book

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Walking home from work this afternoon it did not seem as hot as yesterday,but when I got home I checked and it is 94 f with a heat index of 104 f so same as yesterday.The high yesterday was 96 f apparently.I posted a video of a giant caterpillar I found on youtube on sunday,and to date over 6000 people have looked at it .Pretty good eh!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Well the weather people were right it was a hot one today,as I write this post it is 92 f and feels like 104 f.My head of department at college would have been so proud of me , the tree in the photo is a wyche elm.We were always being asked " what tree is this " which was a clue that it was a wyche elm,and this is a weeping one at that.