Archive for April, 2008

Some Spring Photos

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Spring is here, which means I have been busy taking Spring photos. I have posted a few below.

Below are some blossoms from a tree at my apartment:

Spring Blossom One

Below are some more blossoms from the same tree:

More Spring Blossoms

The photo below was taken a little before the trees started changing, at a golf course near my brother’s house.

Golf Course in Spring

Usually around this time, Dandelions start appearing in yards, and my neighbor’s is no exception:

Spring Yard

Finally, below is from the courtyard of my apartment complex. I have lived in some bad complexes in the past (come on, did the neighbors on *both* sides really have to blare their rap music at 11:00 PM???), but this one is great.

Spring Way

Basketball!

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

A friend of mine at work asked me to come to our school’s open gyms. Basically, an open gym is when the kids, coaches, and others (like teachers), gather a few times a week to play basketball. I haven’t played basketball regularly since 1995, when some friends and I would play almost everyday after school in the spring. I haven’t played formally since about 1989, the last year I went to basketball camp and played pee-wee ball. So, when my friend at work asked me, I was hesitant. Nonetheless, I agreed (when he and the 4 other teachers who were going to play said “come on” for about the 5th time, I was convinced ;).

Long story short: I went, and now I am going twice a week. It is great exercise, running up and down the court continuously; guarding teens who are in great shape forces me to step it up. I have always been pretty competitive, and even if I am near dead, I am not going to give up easily. At the end of the night on Thursday, probably the best player on our high school team was guarding me (not sure if he wanted to take it easy that game or what, lol), but at any rate, at one point he said, “you don’t stop running do you!” Well, it at least shows that I am in good shape, which is nice to know since I turn 30 next month. I am getting back some of my old basketball skills, which is nice. But most of all, I just enjoy hanging out with friends, and varying up my exercise routine!

Ahhh warmth

Monday, April 14th, 2008

I feel like this blog is becoming a digest of updates…oh well, that is what a personal blog is I guess.

– It is getting pretty warm here in Ohio. It has been in the 60s and 70s the last few weeks, after a long, cold winter (which stretched well into March). I have already played golf once, and have run outside. I got a nice tan while in D.C. It is nice to be able to get out and take in some fresh air.

– Tomorrow is tax day, and my accountant hasn’t gotten my taxes back to me to sign and mail, even though I turned my forms in at the beginning of March. I keep calling. I could ask “do you know tomorrow is April 15??” but I sure as hell hope they already know that!

– Tomorrow is also what I call “Vitamin D Day,” or the day when the sun is finally strong enough north of Raleigh, NC, to cause our skins to make Vitamin D. So get some sun tomorrow, and start making some vitamins.

– I have been listening to Ryan Adams album “Easy Tiger,” and I am really getting into it. I like a lot of Adams’ Whiskeytown stuff, and his solo stuff is pretty good too.