Monday, March 22, 2010

Ms. Spring, You Owe Us an Apology!

While folks up north and to the east enjoyed our warm Texas weather this past weekend, spring came to north Texas with an attitude, or a hangover, or both.  It must have been some party Ms. Spring attended.  

We had rain, and some more rain, and then snow, and some more snow.   Also, saying that we had a bit of a breeze would be an understatement.  The squirrels adapted by sprouting wings.  They gracefully flew through the trees when they were brave enough to come out of hiding.  Rabbits were getting a little extra air on their hops, easily avoiding Cat while he slept on a warm binkie snuggled up next to me in the warm house.  

Hum...maybe my twisted view of local "wildlife" was caused by a different kind of hops.

Although the snow blew away by mid-afternoon on Sunday,  there was enough of it in some areas to cause some serious issues with our roads. Texans with spring fever hit by a freak snowstorm in the dark is not a good mix.  It would be similar to rednecks in tuxedos singing opera.

Yeah.  I know. That's enough whining.  It's Texas.  The weather changes quickly.

TODAY IS BEAUTIFUL!  I'm having a bit of an issue with lead foot.  I have to drive through numerous 30-mile zones to get to my part-time job and I try to keep it under 40.  I'm having a hard time today.
Maybe I was in a hurry to get home and write this post.  

I know I was in a hurry to get out of the cold water at the gym.  Maybe Ms. Spring left some of her blasted frigid white stuff in the pool?

Sheesh!  I did a lot of full-stroke swimming this morning eliminating some of the drills that I normally do because they don't keep my heart rate up high enough to stay warm. 

Yeah.  I know.  I'm whining again.  LOL.

Have a happy Monday!

I have some photos from my St. Patrick's Day Triathlon.  Enjoy!

 Slithering up the ladder

 Loving the sunshine

 Where's the finish line?

 Satisfied finisher!

Photos:  Your Sporting Image by Karen Thibodeaux, purchased by Reforming Geek


MrsBlogAlot said...

Spring was actually here for two whole days this weekend. It actually made me want to run and ...well walk and ...ok...crawl and .... I sat in the sun.

Ziva said...

Spring came over, took one look, and decided it would be funnier with a snow storm. It's okay, though, it's not like I wanted spring to arrive anyway. Stupid spring.

Love the pictures - especially the green hair. And you look all alive, even though you're running. Have I told you you're weird?

Jean Knee said...

ha ha ha I thought at first that you had a kewl Chinese tatoo on your arm.

was that a kilt?

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ReformingGeek said...

@MrsBlogalot - Working on your tan? Good for you!

@Ziva - Thanks. Yes, I think you mentioned it. ;-)

@Jean - Yeah. It takes a few days to wear off. It's actually just a skirt but it can pass for a kilt quite easily!

meleah rebeccah said...

Yes! These photos are GREAT! Just great!!

It's been very unusual weather over here too. We go from 7o degrees and sunny - to getting slammed with 6 inches of rain. Ms. Spring sure is tempermental!

Happy Monday.

Chris said...

Very impressive! My idea of a triathlon is "appetizer-main course-dessert."

Zyada said...

"It would be similar to rednecks in tuxedos singing opera."

Great analogy!

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

I think we're all ready for spring, Reffie. I know I am. And happy Monday to you, too.

honeypiehorse said...

You are so sporty and rain stinks. Hooray for beautiful weather!

ReformingGeek said...

@Meleah - Thanks. We should be getting more rain and storms this week. Crazy.

@Chris - I like that definition, too. Can I start with dessert?

@zyada - Thanks!

@MikeWJ - Thanks.

@honeypie - Thanks. Yeah, bring on some sun!

United Studies said...

I admire you for your dedication to running and swimming. I could never do that.

And why is it that when the sun is shining and the air is warm, it is so hard to drive the speed limit?? It just makes you want to go!

Mama-Face said...

You are my hero.

Rednecks in tuxedos. bwahahaha.

I've got lots of catching up to do.

ps same me, different pic :)

Marvin D Wilson said...

Yay! A new Reffie Post! Made my spring (wink). Loved the St Patty's day pics. And here in Michigan we've been beaten into submission by Mother Nature. We can't expect anything at anytime as impossible as far as weather goes, so we've stopped demanding apoligies and just suck it up and move on with our lives. Very sad ...

The Old Silly

Leeuna said...

Funny that you should mention it, Reffie, but it is snowing here today. Did you blow your winter weather my way? You are in fantastic shape, my dear. I envy you. I huff and puff all the way to my mail box.

ReformingGeek said...

@Jacki - Thanks. Yes, that's the problem I'm having. I just want to GO!

@mama-face - Good to see your face (new, old, whatever) over here again! ;-)

@Marvin - Thanks. Is it ever warm in Michigan? There may be some leftover green beer somewhere. Go have a pint and cheer up!

@Leeuna - Thanks! Sorry about the snow. I think everyone is tired of it! I hear snow shoveling is good exercise.

UberGrumpy said...

I think having your number tattooed on your arm shows real commitment. Way to go.

And how far did you run in a heavy tartan kilt?

And what's a binkie?

The Constant Complainer said...

I'm so glad that the weather is finally getting better. And I enjoyed seeing your pictures. I can't imagine how grueling a triathlon is. Congratulations! P.S. I'm digging the green hair too. said...

Love the outfit, Reffie! You look great in tartan... especially with the green hair!

Me-Me King said...

Wow, you are so awesome! I believe you are the only person I know who has participated in a triathlon. I am so proud of you!

Swim, Peddle, Run - Go, Geek Girl, Go!!!

Chaotically Calm said...

Hola Reforming,

Ms Spring has been throwing temper tantrums lately. Of course here in the NE I can complain too much because our weekend was fantabulous. Oh great photos!

ReformingGeek said...

@Uber - Thanks. Ha! It was a lightweight skirt, thankfully! The running part is a 5K.

A binkie is a blanket.

@Constant - Thanks. The shorter distance triathlons (yes, this one) aren't awful but it is hard to run after being on that bike!

@CatLady - Thanks. I love the Campbell tartan.

@Me-Me - Thanks. Maybe next time, I'll finish swimming before I encounter the octopi!

@Chaotic - Thanks. Yes, the weather makes great blog fodder!

K A B L O O E Y said...

Very impressive, but next year, maybe you can compete in the whole race in a kilt.
signed, easy to make jokes when I'm sitting on my ass

Deb said...

Nice tattoos!

That Ms. Spring is one crazy mixed up chick. If I didn't know better I'd swear she's going through menopause.

ReformingGeek said...

@Kablooey - I don't know. Do kilts shrink?

@Deb - Thanks. Yeah. I love showing off my ink!

Bee said...

That dude was totally checking out your butt!

Unknown said...

Ha! Love this line: Texans with spring fever hit by a freak snowstorm in the dark is not a good mix. It would be similar to rednecks in tuxedos singing opera.

You nailed the problem or rather the problem hasn't been sufficiently nailed. Miss Spring is frigid. No wonder she's got an attitude.

Marissa said...

Bee's right! That guy in the pool is liking what he sees. Hope the water was cold, for his sake.

Anonymous said...

On a serious note: My resting pulse has always been 120, so to get to my optimum pulse rate, all I have to do is step UP to the treadmill. It has always been a serious problem for me, as I have loved the times when I did exercise.

ReformingGeek said...

@Bee - LOL! My butt was on the ladder and he needed the ladder!

@Lauren - Yeah, Ms. Spring needs a little action!

@Marissa - LOL!

@Dana - Wow! Maybe you should try dancing!

Ivy said...

I'm from West Virginia, living entirely too close to Deliverance country, so "rednecks in tuxedos singing opera" hits oh so close to home. :)

Go you triathlon! What does the workout regime look like to prepare for one of those?

"1.00s, 1.50s, 1.75s for the short arms. If you know what I'm talking about, you're probably old, too."

"Boomer brain fog: What was the last, middle, and first part of what you just said to me?"