Birds of a Feather

Saturday Six August 29, 2009

Filed under: California Dreaming,The everyday — kcfeather @ 4:37 pm

We’ve been staying busy enjoying the end of summer (and for C, working hard).

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1. It’s supposed to be 101 degrees today!!!  Good thing we’re having a church water balloon party in our backyard (or, as close to a backyard as you get when you live in cheap graduate student housing that looks like army barracks).

2. I love the SF Ferry Building. So much good food!  C loves it because when I go, I bring him home a sno-cone of cured meats. This way he can enjoy the tasties but avoid the crowds.

3. I joined the local public library (now that I no longer have borrowing privileges on campus). It’s great! The first book I read was Holes. Yes, I know – as C pointed out many times, it has a reading level of ages 9-12. However, I have been wanting to read it for ever, and I thoroughly enjoyed it when I finally did. Has anyone seen the movie?  Is it any good? Next up: Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (another young adult book, though definitely moving up the reading levels) and Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

4. Still no progress on the job front for me, although I have found a number of little projects (both work and home related) to keep me busy. Work project for next week: planning training for upperclass leaders of the community service orientation program. Home project for next week: make cloth napkins and try a new granola recipe.

5. I stopped drinking coffee and most other caffeinated beverages. Am sticking with Jasmine tea.

6. We went kayaking a few weekends ago with EM and T in the Monterey Bay. It was lovely – we left from Cannery Row, saw otters, seals, and sea birds galore, paddled against the current up to Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove, had a picnic lunch, and eventually returned (paddling with the current is much easier!)  Then we drove 17 mile drive, and eventually had dinner at Peppers in PG.

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Camel! August 13, 2009

Filed under: The everyday — kcfeather @ 9:13 pm

Today I saw a camel!  No, not the cigarettes.  And not the exchange student that lived with my family a few summers back…  I went to have lunch with EC at her office, and they brought one in for us to have lunch with!



Senior Olympics! August 6, 2009

Filed under: The everyday — kcfeather @ 4:10 pm

I (K) have been working on finding things to do to fill my days that aren’t currently filled with work (other than the job-search, which doesn’t take up entire days). This past week (and next week), I’m volunteering at the 2009 National Senior Games, which are taking place at Stanford. For those of you unfamiliar with the Senior Games, like I was, they happen every two years, and athletes qualify for the National Senior Games at their State Senior Games. You only have to be 50+ but I have definitely seen some athletes in their 90s.

On Monday, I was a lap counter for the women’s 500 free (all 15 heats of it) at the swimming events. Their times ranged from over 19 minutes to 6:11. All of the swimmers were very enthusiastic and friendly, and many tried to recruit me to swim Masters.

There were a few great “senior” moments. On the 500, despite the lap counters, one (very slow) woman kept swimming after her 20th lap – she didn’t realize that she had finished!  Another woman, on 100 back (a much shorter race) also kept swimming after the end (and she only had 4 laps to count).  In both cases, they had to basically pull the women out of the water.  The best, however, was in the men’s 200 free, in a not-so-high age group, who stopped after 6 laps, thinking he had finished (and won!)  He was quite disappointed (and embarrassed) upon being told by the timer that he still had 2 laps, and didn’t even finish the race.

There were also some great “freestyle” strokes going on, everything from elementary backstroke to sidestroke to some combination of backstroke and butterfly. But, let’s just say: I hope I am still swimming at 90, regardless of the stroke!

Yesterday I helped at the archery events. The position description said, “help older athletes find their arrows.” That is basically what I did, although I particularly helped on woman, from CO, who had just blown out her knee and so couldn’t walk to find her arrows in the first place. Archers are a little less team-oriented than swimmers, and a number of them had somewhat bristly personalities, but overall I enjoyed getting to know more about the sport, and talking with the woman who I was helping out.

Next week, I’m lap-counting for race-walking, and also running results for shuffleboard!


What we saw at the supermarket August 1, 2009

Filed under: California Dreaming,The everyday — kcfeather @ 9:28 pm

There is a Jamba Juice inside the Safeway that we frequent. Today, as we were leaving the store, we saw a man who bought Jamba Juices and was giving them to his dogs. No joke. He bought one for himself, too – you just can’t see it in the picture. (Also, I’m sure some of you are saying, he must have just filled those cups with water for the dogs on a hot day. Nope, it was pink-purple Jamba Juice – my guess is Razzmatazz.)