Drywall Anchors

This is more for my own reference but the drywall anchors that you screw in are better than those steel ones that expand. We have an old house and random stud placement. I just hung a mirror in our bathroom and needed to use some drywall anchors. Those white screw in ones in the picture on the left work great, the ones on the right, steel ones, not as well. They were loose. Maybe the guy at the hardware store had my situation wrong but I’m kind of thinking that those steel ones are more for cement or plywood… Not drywall. 

Finances are Important, Motley Fool Answers Makes it Fun!

Motley Fool Answers

I listen to a variety of podcasts. Everything form deep metaphysical discussions on meaning and life eternal to politics. Money is a super important subject that my generation hasn’t been doing the best at making work for them. The Motley Fool Answers podcast makes question and answers about money fun and interesting to listen to.

A recent good episode: Family Inc.

I have been a subscriber to Motley Fool’s Stock Advisor for a number of years. It has given us a really good diverse and successful portfolio. My RothIRA is doing super well (ie… made more than I’ve invested!) and my kids custodial accounts are on the road to making them financially free earlier in life due to following the advice and guidance given in the Stock Advisor.

Adding the podcast fun to the already screaming performance of the Stock Advisor makes fool.com a well rounded asset for me.

Getting Organized at Work

Incline Peak before the sun comes up

I have a pretty large and diverse workload. I work with 50+ clients throughout the year and some days I feel like I am pinged by all of them for one thing or another. Most of them are urgent (!), but the others are really gracious about my time. I try and deliver in a timely fashion and not let projects stall on my-side due to a workload issue.

There is a lot of talk about work life balance and how to achieve this to not go insane. I have this pretty well worked out. Three hours a week we are given “wellness” time. This time is really beneficial to my performance as I can escape the computer and lift some weights, ride my bike, go for a run or whatever I have on the schedule for that day. However, there isn’t as much talk about work work balance… Maybe I am just not “searching” for the right keywords?

I use the office suite, Outlook Mail, OneNote etc… It works pretty well, so maybe a reorganization of how I keep my data in that “system” is all that is needed. The large influx of chat messages and email makes it hard to track it all. Pointing clients at a tracking system has been in my thoughts… but then I need to remind them where, how, upkeep the system, etc… Thinking out loud here…

Any advice or thoughts? Please enlighten me to be more organized and therefor responsive and productive.

Oh the wind and rain…

This has been my first full year in Oregon in over 20 years. We’ve been living in much drier environments. Drier air, drier soil and drier shoes. If you don’t own a pair of rubber boots you are a soggy footed feirmeoir when you are in the field. This year especially. January dropped nearly 5″ of rain… still about 1.5″ off the record of 6.6″ in 1936. During heavy rainfall, I felt like 5″ fell in one storm… by the way, how exactly do you measure rainfall?

According to infoplease.com: Most standard rain gauges have a wide funnel leading into the cylinder and are calibrated so that one-tenth of an inch of rain measures one inch when it collects inside. The funnel is 10 times the cross-sectional area of the tube.

I was out digging fence post holes to put up a new fence around the garden. We acquired beautiful 5’x5’x8′ Juniper rough cut posts to wrap the dear and orchard fence on. Without a dog, deer will enjoy the fruits of our hard labor. Anyhow, the 2′ deep (8″ wide) holes would charge half full of water in about 5 minutes. It made for a questionable cementing mixture. Three days later the cement seems to have cured pretty well. I’ll be putting in the other 19 posts in the next few days and, as soon as the ground dries a little, get the beds prepped to start planting. Some year I am not going to go to a supermarket for any produce! After that, no meat or dairy! I’ll probably always go for oil I guess… or maybe some ice cream on a binge…

 

Sasquatch 50k relay

OK! On the training plan this spring is a relay! Never done a relay. Looking FWD to something new. The Sasquatch 50k is in southern Oregon on some amazing trails I’ve ridden a couple times. I’ve always thought about how great this area would be to run. Now I’m committed! 

I’ve decided to train for a fast half marathon. 15 weeks out now and slowly building speed to challenge myself, my time and mind. 

Sign up and enjoy the fun!

Islands

Islands in the Sky

I love how flying above low clouds in winter looks. There is the top of the mountains just pushing through the weighty look like a strong string of words of encouragement to my kids or wife… Or maybe from a good friend enlightening your understanding of a deep question.

Mountains in the clouds

Sunrise Ski

Praxis Skis

There is something to beating the sunrise in the morning. The world looks so different, so fresh, so quiet… It might be easy for me, since mornings are my favorite time of day. Getting up while it is dark and watching the environment around me become exposed to the first light beams while out for a run, walk, ski, ride or even cup of coffee/tea on the front porch is… right.  It is just right.

Six Months off Running

Misty Morning Trees

I’ve been dealing with sore feet a bit, a mild case of plantar fasciitis and figured after the Mt Ashland Hill Climb it would be good to take some time off and heal up 99 to 100%! Well after six months off running, but still walking, stretching and MTB, I went for a run. It felt really good to be back out on a trail in the misty early morning.

I wore a newer pair of shoes (Altra Lone Peak 3) and ran for about 30 mins. All is good. I can say I still feel stiffness in my feet, but not a hint of plantar strain. I’ll take it slow getting back into the swing of it. My mind and body wanted to keep running, but I’ll be curbing my enthusiasm and progress slowly and keep checking in with my body. Besides progressing slowly, I am going to switch shoes up every run. I’ll wear minimal xero sandals, Lone Peak (2 and 3), Superior 2 and a pair of Nike Terra Kiger 3 footwear. A wise runner told me his cure was to rest and then switch up shoes a lot… I’m taking that advice.

If all goes well, this spring I’ll jump on a 30k and a 50k, late summer hopefully that 100k is in the bag and next year… well, we’ll see what I end up doing.

First Rain of Fall in Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon Sunset

On the second day of Autumn, we got a little rain.

Last night I was helping my kids fall asleep by massaging their feet and faces. It’s a ritual I try and do more often than not… I think people really benefit from loving touch, especially my family members. As we were quiet we began to hear the rain fall on the metal roof on our house. We began to smell the moist air and feel the cooler breeze. The kids sat up immediately and got excited about the rain, the smell, the new season…

He gives rain on the earth and sends water on the fields… Job 5:10

Winter is on its way!