Scooter Sunday #17
It’s the post-vacation edition of Scooter Sunday.
Vacation Time Over
So on Saturday, our week-long rest/vacation (local, as it was) ended. I had two solid days of doing pretty much whatever I wanted [the first part of the week was working and doing what I could to make our visitors happy].
But if you remember from last Scooter Sunday, I had so many plans to write, read books, read articles in magazines and lots more. So let’s play catch up here and see what I DID and what I DIDN’T do:
- Drink – And that I did… and I was very successful, thank you very much. I only made four kinds of drinks: gin and tonic, red bull vodka, Gumby [vodka, Midori, sweet and sour, Sprite] and dirty martini [drank from a wine glass]. But I had multiples of each one. I also had a couple of margaritas with dinner on Sunday night. I didn’t get trashed, but had a continuous buzz most of the time.
- Read Books – I took my copy of “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins with me. I read some of it, but didn’t get as far as I wanted to. The fact that I committed any amount of time to reading was a plus. I love reading, but I get distracted/interrupted, which breaks up my reading into wider-paced gaps of time.
- Read Articles – I took a couple issues of Vanity Fair and Playboy [yes, I actually do read it for the articles, too 😉 ] with me and actually got through several articles. I’m about half way through the last one I started, but will finish that this week.
- Tan – With the pool being major packed with kids most of the time, I got lots of sun time in. I used sunscreen on all but the last two days, where I limited my time in the sun to maximize my tan.
- Listen to Podcasts – Before the week started, I had hours and hours of some of my regular podcasts that I let build up. I am happy to say I got through at least half of them, which helped reduce the storage on my iPod nano 4gb. I am sure this will fill up pretty damn quick in the next two weeks.
- Work out – I took my gym clothes with me and planned to use the very nice [and free] exercise facility they had at the Westgate. With the exception of getting my shoes out of the bag and putting them on [once], the workout facilities didn’t get a visit from me.
- Write – Blog posts didn’t count on this one. I am currently [and actively] working on two screenplays, a short film and two novels. None of them got worked on this last week. No worries on this one, but I did plan to sit down and plink out at least a chapter, a scene and finish the script to my short film.
- Movies – To my credit, I watched one: V For Vendetta. We took twelve. My wife watched two: V For Vendetta and Ladies In Lavender [Do you see why I only watched the one?] My Netflix movie I took up with me sat untouched in its envelope. Big surprise.
- Upgrade to Leopard – I took all of the neccsary items I needed with me to upgrade my MacBook Pro to Leopard [I’m still running Tiger for various reasons]. Because the PAY WiFi option was extra shitty [and a major pain in the ass to get the owner discount], I used my Treo 755p as a modem, tethered to my laptop the whole time. Judging from the fact that I would need to download a BIG list of applications, updates and what have you, I postponed the upgrade to this coming weekend, where I would have both work and home broadband connections at my disposal.
As an added bonus, there were also a few things I did that I wasn’t planning on that I was pretty happy about:
- Steam Shower – So the shower in our room had a steam option. You start it 5 minutes before turning on the water and getting in. You now have this walk-in steam room that did wonders for my nose [dry weather is never kind to the inside of your nostrils] and my skin. Only one day back and I miss that a lot. My wife informs me that the gym we belong to has a steam room. [hint hint, nudge nudge].
- Pumice my feet – I do this regularly at home, but the cement and pool bottom did more damage than I thought. Plus add the steam and a seat inside the shower, and scrubbing my feet was a lot easier. Ok enough on that before people think I’ve gone metrosexual.
Not too bad, considering I had a good time and spent some time relaxing. Maybe one of these years, I can accomplish each item on my list and not have to go into work any of the days I have off. We’ll see what happens next time.
More Lego Indy
My daughter saw this at the local Wal-Mart a couple weeks ago. Pretty cool. Lego is cool, regardless of what it is, but who can resist a Lego Indiana Jones? Hopefully all little kids will and obey the DO NOT TOUCH! sign so everyone can enjoy it’s awesomeness.
As I mentioned in a Twitter message this last week, I’m really not all that hot on the Olympics this year. There’s a few bits of coverage that I like [all of the swimming and diving events are cool], but for some reason, I’m just not into it like I normally am. Whatever it is, it’s more time for me to accomplish the things I need to instead of being glued to the TV. We’ll see if this lasts throughout the 17 days of the games.
And with that, ends another Scooter Sunday.
The only Olymipic event I try to see is the Marathon. I’ll watch some of the other stuff if I happen across it, but I don’t really seek any of it out.
On the cruise this past winter they had the best workout facilities I’d seen in a vacationy place — and I didn’t get to use it once. I worked out twice at Disney; they had nice facilities as well.
I did my fair share of drinking on my recent vacation let me tell you. Being back at English pubs will do that to you 😉
Oh, and as always, I’m hopelessly addicted to all things Olympic 😉
delmer – The Marathon is one of the running events that I’ll watch. It’s pretty cool.
I’ve heard those cruise ships have some very good programs and facilities for working out.
kevin – I will have to visit one of these English pubs when I make to England someday.
Years ago, I used to watch the Olympics non-stop. And of course, when they were here in Salt Lake, I watched and went to a couple of events.
Your scooter seems oddly absent from Scooter Sundays as of late…
dave2 – Yes, it has been. Thanks to vacations and other time-consuming activities, the coverage has been weak. I do ride it as much as I can, which has been helping to save the amount of gas I put in my car.
Sounds like a perfectly balanced week off. And don’t be too hard on yourself for what you didn’t do … vacations aren’t supposed to be about achieving goals. BTW, I’m not all that into the Olympics either. If they’re on and I’m home, I might watch them. Assuming none of my other shows are on.
nilsa – I actually did have a good week off, but I always want to try to change something… be motivational, use the time I have relaxing to accomplish something I don’t normally do during my normal and busy work week.
So far, with Olympic coverage, I’ve stuck to swimming events. I think diving is on here soon.
I loved that you put “Drinking” top of your list of things you did! My kind of vacation ;o)
penelope – Why thank you… what vacation can you have without having a drink or 20? Exactly.
I didn’t realize you were supposed to attempt to accomplish things on vacations. It seems like you did plenty! My main goal is usually to relax and do nothing.
I love the Olympics, but haven’t gotten to see much of them because we haven’t really been home. And when we are home, we are outside. I’d feel sort of like a bad mom saying “ok kids, get inside, I want to watch tv”. Maybe tonight though.
tori – My main goal is relaxing, too. But as I mentioned in my reply comment to nilsa above, I try to find something that I’ve wanted to do, without the daily distractions.
We have obviously been home the last few days. LOL
I was following your twats during your vacation. Sounded like you had a great time, so regardless of what you did or didn’t do… having a good time was all that mattered!
Why is it the toys are always cooler than the movie?
Congratulations on a throughly balanced vacation!
winter – Yeah, I tried to update often via Twitter. And you are right, having a good time is all that matters.
bec – I know, and with Lego, that’s easy to do. And thanks. Each vacation seems to go ok, regardless of my OCD-related plans.
kris – The Gumby is a great drink. I tried a new one over the weekend: Tropical Hooter… pineapple juice and a lot of other tasty ingredients. Will have to get the recipe and make some at home.
I’m in…. LOL….
kris – Tropical Hooter: Midori, Malibu rum, pineapple juice, cranberry juice. Shake, pour in glass, garnish with cherry. It came out better than I thought it would. I expected it to be all sweet and Foo-Foo.