Rod needs to blog

So here I am helping him out.

Of course, I really don’t know what I’m doing on this blog, or really what I want to write about. How about my fears about this trip. Let me get those out of the way first.

Having not climbed at altitude like we are going to do, I’m having a hard time imagining what that will feel like, or will my body be able to withstand the heights. Closely following that is the capacity of my physical strength to climb so many mountains in a short amount of time. I know what it feels like the next few days after a heavy hike or climb, and how sore I am, and tired. We are compressing all of this into a relatively short span of time. My hope is that the body will do what you ask it to do, and that like running/racing its a matter of mental toughness.

When Chelsey and I went to Nepal we trekked for hours at a time up and down at high altitude. We had no idea what we were getting into. At least this time we have a better idea and are in better shape. After a few days we got our hiking legs. I’m hoping this trip will be the same.

Holidays 2011

Today, Micah left to go back to Bogata, Columbia.  With his leaving it definitely feels like the holidays have come to an end, even though technically they were over after New Years.  Last night we had Shem and Micah, Chelsey and Eric over for a braised rib dinner.  It was quite good, and it seems like everyone enjoyed themselves.

As far as this blog is concerned I intend to use it consistently this year, just recording days events as they pass by.  I always mean to do it, but never seem to do it.  Recently, I read that the way to keep up on it is to post something daily.  Don’t know if I can do that, but will try.  I also have some tools (IPhone, and an Ipad), that should help.  I also want to post alot of pictures.

Shem and Erica’s New Home

We visited today Shem, Erica and Navarre’s new home.  They have a 1920’s home that has been totally remodeled from every standpoint.  The roof was taken off and what was simply an attic is now 3 bedrooms, a bath and a half, and a sitting room.  It is beautiful.  The lower level sports a new kitchen ad 2 rooms that have been completely remodeled.  They also have brand a brand new HVAC system, and new electrical wiring.  They will move in next weekend.

Grammy Sally and McKenzie

Grammy Sally came back from her Panama cruise to be greeted by her new puppy, Mckenzie, the half brother of Merlin.  He is about 1/2 the size of Merlin and will probably be about 10 lbs. at full weight, while Merlin will be 15 lbs.  Merlin, initially was very aggressive (mean) to McKenzie, but after establishing the correct pecking order they played, wrestled, kissed and had a great time.  Sally is thrilled with McKenzie, and they already to seem have bonded.  She is very excited t have something to do, something to care for, and to have company.  McKenzie is

perfect for her.

Molly and Grammy with their Good Boys
What have I done?
My God this dog is cute
Aaaaah, so cute.
Good puppies.

Phoenix, AZ

Molly, and I spent from Wednesday through Sunday with Mark and Melinda Merrill at their new 2nd home in Gold Canyon, AZ.  We had a wonderful time.  We golfed, went to see Avatar, attended a flea market, and a high end art show in Scottsdale.  They live about 45 minutes south of Phoenix and it took about an hour from the airport to their home.  It was great to spend time with them, and enjoy their home.  We also drove to some small communities, Globe and Inspiration, which are mining towns.  They were pretty sad, but the copper mines were unbelievable.  Miles and miles of huge excavation that has been done over the decades.

The interesting thing about AZ is that it doesn’t look like there is much in the way of land zoning and planning.  There is so much land that it doesn’t appear that much consideration is given to density.

Mark and Melinda's swimming pool
Mark and Melinda

The Happiness Project

I was fascinated the other morning while working out on the bike I was watching the Today show, and Ann Curry interviewed, Gretchen Rubin, who started a blog awhile back that had to do with Happiness, and had asked herself, could you do things to made you happy.  She posted a weekly blog, and now has 31,000 subscribers, and also has written a book about that experience.  She was very authentic, and her message somewhat matched my New Years resolution.  I still haven’t formed the exact words of what I want my resolution to be, but the general context was to be a better person, which is certainly too vague and not concrete enough, but listening to Gretchen I realized that you could put fairly vague concepts (Happiness) into actionable, and maybe measurable points.  In any event I intend to use this blog this year as I work on this concept.

My first actionable act this year is to be more Helpful.  Not that I haven’t been helpful to Molly, but since this is one point that I have put words and a voice to I consciously have been thinking how I can be more helpful and supportive to Molly.  In the long run, back to Gretchen and the Happiness Project, it seems that if I can be more helpful to Molly, it will also make me happy.  I will continue to report on this weekly.