Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Another Day of Random Thoughts

I ask you... would you pay $150, wake up at 4:30 a.m., travel in fog so thick that you can't see farther than a block, to compete in a competition where you end up looking like this??? 

For 4 of the past 6 years, my daughter and her girlfriend have participated in Muddy Buddy-Chicago.  It takes place in August each year and it's a ride/run competition (As one rides a bike, the other runs, then they switch halfway thru the course).  And there's a twist...

When both team members have completed their ride and run, they meet up at the mud pit.  That's right, they need to crawl thru the mud together in order to complete their race.  Now, this is on a large farm so there's no telling what's mixed in with that mud!!  But these girls love it.  And they're good!  Two of the four years they were 1st in their age group.  I am still in awe of how athletic my daughter is.  Although I'd be delighted to say that she gets it from me but no... that would be... mmm...inaccurate! 

A couple of weeks ago, we attended a wedding out of state.  One of the things we happened upon during our drive was this:
Is it just me, or does anyone else find a windfarm fascinating??  I'm so excited at the thought of renewable energy.  I'm amazed that anyone can see this as "ruining the landscape".  A new friend mentioned that she doesn't mind seeing them, but doesn't want to hear them.  (Yes, they do make noise, depending on how fast they turn).  And did you know that in high winds, they shut the turbines down?  You get these babies moving too fast and they're likely to explode!!

It figures...I join Leslie at Words of Me Project for her 31 Days Write, Create, Be. challenge and I feel like most days, I'm coming up with nothing!!  I know most bloggers have days like this, but I feel like I can't even finish a post in a day!  Nope, not complaining.  Just looking forward to the turnaround that happens when you come out of writer's block. 

So I guess this is enough rambling.  There were more random thoughts I had when I sat down, but once again, they have now vacated this place I call a brain.  See what I mean?  I know I need to write it down.  Now where's that pad of paper??


Leanne said...

So, I'm thinking that we need to add a mud pit to our scrap cellar evenings!!! (Kidding LT!) I can't believe your daughter does this! Wait - ok - she's YOUR daughter - she's got spunk, so I totally believe she does this! Love the photos and the random thoughts. I think this was a perfect post, dear friend!

Leslie Miller said...

I enjoyed your random thoughts, and your daughter's competition is rather fascinating. Actually, I can see how it would be a lot of fun. Odd, but fun, really. There's something about the wild abandon of it all. I didn't know turbines would explode, but I guess that expains why we don't have them near my home. It's plenty windy here, but perhaps too windy much of the time.

Bossy Betty said...

I recently drove through Kansas and was absolutely fascinated by the wind farms! Really, I nearly drove off the road. I know exactly what you mean.

scrapwordsmom said...

Wow, that is just cool what your daughter does. I finished a triathlon in 2000...no mud though!!

I have to laugh at your wind farm. We have them EVERYWHERE here and I am SCARED to death of them!!! Seriously. I can't drive by them without freaking out. They are sooooo big!!!

Have a great day, Peggy:)