Last night I was watching the woman’s moguls at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and saw the poor competitors trying to cope with the rain and wind. Those were the same west coast conditions that I have been geocaching in the past few days. It has been wet, real wet, and windy enough to blow down a tree around 100m from the trail I was hiking on. Even though I have been coming home soaking wet I have also have been increasing the distance in my daily hikes. It is like I am proving rain will not stop me. The main reason is that I am able to walk faster and do more with my time. I take this as a very good sign.
I lost 3 lbs this week which was bit of a surprise since we deviated from the menu plan for a few days. This week we have had the opening of the Olympics, Chinese New Year, and Valentine’s Day and each event was welcomed in our house by a special meal. We had sushi while we watched the opening ceremonies, made a few batches of Chinese dumplings which we had for Chinese New Year, and tonight we are having a Valentines Fondue, in diet friendly chicken broth mind you.
I felt a bit guilty with the way I had been eating the last few days so today I decided that I would do a challenging hike up a hill this morning to make up for it. There are not too many hills close by until you make your way up to the local mountains. I had chosen a hike on the way up to the mountains but still below the snow line. I was getting ready to go first thing in the morning when a strange thing happened. I looked out the window and I saw a fiery ball in the sky. For the first time in what seems like months the sun came out from behind the clouds. It was going to be a beautiful day. Instantly I decided to change the plans to involve the family. I could not be the only one to go out and enjoy a day like this. I waited until the family woke up, I made breakfast, and then all five of us went for a walk around the waterfront. The trail was full of weary folks rising from hibernation eager to get outside and discuss the pure greatness of the sun. After we wore out the kids I went out on my own and found 3 caches while completing my 7km walk for the day. I will still have to plan a tough climb one of the next few days as I still feel a bit guilty.
So why am I writing a blog on Valentine’s Day instead of cooking a romantic dinner? Well this time Lisa wanted to make dinner. Oh come on don’t give me that look; she wanted to do it…honestly. Well I cooked the past 5 dinners or so including the Chinese New Year one last night which was really good. And we are having fondue so most of the cooking is done at the table by both of us so it is not like she is cooking me dinner at all. I should take her out you say? Are you going to come over and babysit? I didn’t think so. All right, enough with the guilt trip I’ll stop writing and help her with preparing the meal. No I didn’t get her flowers. Why would I give her something as a symbol of my love which will die in a few days? All bright and vibrate and quickly it starts to wilt and smell funny so you toss them out. This is not our love at all. Our love is everlasting. How else could I get away with geocaching on Valentine’s Day?