Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Exploring...

On Saturday, the weather was about 70 degrees, so I cleaned the garage out - I had to flatten a bunch of boxes to save for when I move again and then throw out a bunch of boxes and stuff. I tried to sort through stuff for a future yard sale, maybe... and organize my bikes, my skis, the laundry area, my other sporting stuff and stuff I want to store out there. I felt better getting that done - especially if there is a hail storm or tornado warning anytime soon (!) and I need to get my car in the garage. Apparently the hail storms here are brutal and can really dent up your car pretty badly.

The weather here was up to 70 last Saturday, yesterday and today - the rest of the time it is in the 60s and down in the high 30s or 40s at night. Not super warm yet, not super cold either. It rained really, really hard last week for two days and I guess there were tornadoes in Okla City which is 2 hours from here. Not too worried though (knock on wood).

I'm just working away - not too much that's new. I haven't gone out all that much - mostly Brendan and I hang out and watch movies or meet up with his friends and their girlfriends - who I like. Three of the four guys have a wife or fiancees, the fourth guy just called off his engagement (which everyone agreed was a smart move - his fiancee - I met her once - was a monster). These guys have been in the program together since day one - so I've met them before and like them and they're pretty close because they're a small group and study together, etc.

The city is cool - I've been out to the Utica Square area - just an open air mall with Coach, Ann Taylor, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Saks, Pier One, the Gap, PF Changs, Starbucks, a post office, bank of america, etc. - it's nice weather - so nice to go and not be in a mall. Other than that, I've been going to the gym with Brendan almost every night (he's a good influence) and working out for the last two weeks. I'm already feeling stronger and hoping to lose some l-b s. Brendan is going to run a 5 km race this Saturday, but I'm sitting out - I've been doing the elliptical trainer mostly, because it is much easier on my back and my knees. Slowly, I'm starting to jog again - outside by the river when it's nice (well, only once last Saturday) or on the treadmill. The university gym is really cool. I like it a lot even if I feel OLD using it - a bunch of 18 year olds running around that are 13 years younger than me. Yikes. When did that happen? Wow. Anyway, it's all open concept so the three basketball courts are right next to the cardio with no walls and I've signed out basketballs a couple of times, just to take some shots and remember back... 13+ years ago to when I played. !! I'm thinking that I'm going to search around for tennis lessons either on campus or at the Tulsa Tennis Club near our house. (Not sure about the Tennis Club since it is private and looks kind of expensive, but we'll see.) Brendan and I went out to some public courts a couple of weeks ago and played for a while. The public courts are near my place and have wind screens with decent surfaces, so that's good. But I would like lessons so I can improve and maybe meet some people to play with and find friends of my own. Hopefully, not southern belles, but we'll see.

I haven't had to do the green card physical yet. Fun fun. I've looked at the forms though - looks like a lot... ugh. Just one more thing to add to the list.

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