Might have underestimated the downpour that was going to happen when I decided to go for a run. Let’s just say even with our puddles like this I won’t be wearing the shoes tomorrow 🤦‍♂️⛈

At least I had some encouragement from my wife 🤣

And that’s a wrap on this week at work… 🤣

Rain threw things off for me early this morning but I found a break in the action to quickly get a run in before more rain. Thankful this branch didn’t finish breaking as I ran by (36 days to go)

Someone just lost their first tooth 🦷

I am doing everything in my power to avoid all the emails unread and/or read that more than likely require some sort of action. 🙈

Such a cool looking sticker to add to the collection… Also, the stamp is very interesting as well.

Just hit send 📨

Honestly, I am not very good at keeping in touch with people. This could really be anyone, friends, old co-workers, newer acquaintances. For some reason, I always have great intentions of reaching out but just never feel it is the right time to reach out and say I will later.

I was reminded of this the other day while running and I passed an old co-worker and friend of mine walking with his wife. I said hi quick but since I was running with another guy I didn’t stop to talk. After I got done I was reminded that I have been meaning to reach out to this guy for a long time and every time I would think about it I would find about 100x other things to accomplish. Don’t get me wrong it has nothing to do with the other guy because I do this all of the time. It is just one of those tasks that always get buried for me thinking I will find a better time to reach out or I will do it right after work.

I guess you could say it is a good thing I am aware of it 🤷‍♂️. However, I am going to try to be better and see about setting time aside for starters each week to reconnect with some people whom I haven’t but have been meaning to for a while. We all get busy from time to time and with kids thrown into the mix it gets even worse. However, there is always time to keep connections flowing instead of dead ends.

Seems like all of a sudden the mornings got a lot darker. I might have to dig out the running lights soon. 🏃🏻‍♂️

Felt good to get a long run in today with no issues. It probably helped that the weather was much cooler out this morning 🏃🏻‍♂️

Found this friend in the middle of the road on my run this morning… Don’t worry he made it safely across 🐢

New Devices 🍏

I had been an Android user for as long as I can remember and have always enjoyed the phones and software. Maybe I should caveat that last statement with I have had a bunch of iPhones too but at one point I was drawn more to Android and then I really had not looked back and honestly kind of refused to for no real reason. However, after being nagged by my family I broke down in May of this year to get the iPhone mini.

My original goal was to use the iPhone mini as my main phone for texts (iMessages specifically) but continue to keep my Galaxy S-21 as it took amazing photos and videos. I figured I would run with the Galaxy and use it when we went on family trips. However, I quickly remembered I did not like the two phone life after 2 weeks and ended up selling the Galaxy S-21 as it was still pretty new and there was some value I could get out of selling it. I think one of the big things for me that made this switch easy was the size of the iPhone mini, even though my Galaxy was not large the iPhone mini was the perfect size as I didn’t need a huge screen that was not the purpose of the phone for me.

After a month of using the iPhone mini with my Galaxy Tab S7 (with a keyboard of course), I started to get the itch of having the devices sync together better so that got me looking at the iPads. The original reason I got the Galaxy Tab was to use it as a replacement for paper to take handwritten notes at work. I could link up to my companies Office 365 and use OneNote which wasn’t all that bad and I liked having the notes on my tablet and computer synced (my work only had and still has Windows computers). The other reason I got the Galaxy Tab was to be able to have a more personal device when traveling for work and pre-pandemic I traveled quite a bit so it was nice to have a device of my own to do things on that wasn’t my work computer. So fast forward to the end of July it kind of seemed like a no-brainer to get an iPad as it could do what my Android tablet could do and it would sync better with my phone. So I broke down and bought an iPad Pro 11” with Magic Keyboard for iPad and the Apple Pencil 2.

Now if only I could use a Mac for work instead of this clunky Dell Windows machine I would be happier but it is ok. With the iPad Pro 11”, since I got the keyboard, I mostly just carry that around to use when I am not working on work stuff in the house. I will give Apple a lot of credit here on the keyboard as they really did it right with how the keyboard works as it can be propped up by itself without needing to be set on a desk.

I feel like now with my new devices I need to go back and listen to all the Podcasts that I have in the past 4 years that talk about iOS apps as I always listened to them but a lot of the time since there was not an Android version I just forgot about them.

Next up finding new apps 😁..

Running Restart - 2021 Version

Sometimes you have to start over at ground zero. Well technically I am probably not at ground zero this time because I only had four days off in a row.

This week however I have been getting back into running or restart my running has been a struggle. I have found it much more difficult that I would have thought based on the amount of mileage I typically run and how often I had been running each week. However, I am still probably not 100% better from my Achilles heel pain (or this is what my PT friends tell me I have). In addition, the heat and humidity earlier this week has not helped in my attempts to ease back into running. I restarted this week doing shorter than normal runs but since my only time was late afternoon I was battling getting back at it during the hottest times of day.

I have 45 days left until the Twin Cities Marathon … Right now my goal is to not get injured more and get my comfort level back up when running longer miles.

Let’s get this!

It was a warm one out there this morning even at 6am. Glad to be feeling better and getting back to some longer runs.

Getting back at it this evening 🏃🏻‍♂️

Downpour and storm made for an interesting run this morning… 🏃🏻‍♂️

Not a good start for a candidate I was supposed to be interviewing as it is already 7 min past the start time. I will give the person 3 more minutes but lets just say it isn’t looking good right now 🤦‍♂️

Definitely a Monday morning that felt harder than it should have been. The thick air from 96% humidity made it feel like I was swimming… 🏃🏻‍♂️

Note taking apps.. ugh!

Was trying to find quote I was pretty sure I put in a note app at one point and realized I have a lot of note taking type apps. I really would like to get it down to one but some are better for just text but I like snapping photos to save in notes too.

As much as I don’t want another one does anyone have any suggestions for short style notes / photo notes?

Rookie mistake starting the coffee pot, walking away and now suck with a pot of hot water 🤦‍♂️

Don’t always get 2 parents to one kids but we had fun going to Valleyfair with this one. They had a carnival theme there so we let her play a couple carnival games and she won at each of them 😄

Had to make it another early one today 🏃🏻‍♂️

This was shared this with me and I thought it was funny enough to share along:

Either you’re using time.

Or it’s using you.

You can watch the clock, but if you do, it’s watching you.

Really makes you think for a second.. via seths.blog

Had to get up extra early this morning to run as I had a 6:30am meeting. However, really who schedules meetings that early on a Monday 🤦‍♂️🏃🏻‍♂️

Possibly the greatest troubleshooting statement from my works help desk:

“I see that there were some shenanigans happening with reactivating accounts”