Saturday, July 21, 2007

Family Duty Calls

I'm spending a couple weeks in Kona with my mom. She needed a place to stay for about a month (she lives with my brother and his mother-in-law is coming to visit, an uncomfortable situation for my mom). Since Dave and I don't have a guest room in Orlando, we decided it was best that she go to Hawaii, which was fine by her since she'd not been to Kona before and the travel time to either place from California was about the same anyway.

But this is by no means a vacation for me. You see, my mom and I do not really get along. We come from two totally different cultures (my parents were raised in Japan during WWII). While others had moms they could talk to about their growing pains, my mother once told me that she was not my friend and that to talk to her about such things was insulting. In fact, I have to say that I don't really know her very well as a person, just someone who cooked, cleaned and nagged me a lot.

But one thing that did get ingrained in me was a sense of family duty. Namely, we don't have to be close or even get along. We just have to help one another when needed.

And so now my mom needs me. Since she doesn't drive or speak English that well, I'm going to get her set up and situated so she can be there on her own after I leave. There'll be time for me to do some training so that's a plus. I'll be back first weekend in August.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Odd & Ends

Things of note since my last post:

1. For the first time ever, I'm actually following the Tour de France on Bicycling.com. Though I have no desire to get cable or satellite TV at home, I admit the 3 minute video clips of the race highlights are pretty fun to watch ... that is, now that I know what a peloton, paceline, yellow, green and polka dot jersey all mean. I can't believe they showed one cyclist "heeding the call of nature" on the side of the road, though (how embarassing!).

2. And how is my new Kona bike jersey working out? Well, glad you asked :-) I've worn it the past two Saturdays and both times Dave and I have managed to join up with some faster cyclists that roll past our subdivision around 8am. Last summer, I didn't even try to keep up with them ... Now I have to wear that jersey every Saturday.

3. But meanwhile, I have been dealing with a new pain in my right front shoulder :-( I got it after pressure washing my back patio and cleaning my pool for a few hours before the 4th of July. I was worried that it might put a big kink in my swim plans and so I took it easy swimming last week, even skipped mowing the lawn (*gasp*). But it's nothing compared to what my friend Cliff is going through. He recently separated his shoulder in a bike accident just 3 weeks before Ironman Lake Placid. He's still planning to do the race though -- GO CLIFF!!!

4. Also this week, I think I found a trick to staying awake after swimming in a 85-90 degree pool for an hour: DO NOT just sit around at a desk afterwards. Instead, go to the store, mow the lawn, do something active and productive ... and then take the nap ;-)

5. But sometimes one must do his/her duty and sit around for nothing ... I just received my 5th jury notice since I've been married (13 years), five compared to the single one that Dave has received. Too bad I'm not as lucky in the lottery (of course, entering would help).

6. I am lucky, however, to be going for a run now. So far, I've not found it hard at all to limit my runs to only 2-3 per week (it's just too darn hot!). Only 2-3 bike rides per week has been kind of tough, though. If I ride my bike to the pool, does it count as a workout?