Tuesday, 24 April 2007

How's This Going?

By lack of comments and posts I am just wondering if this is working for everyone. The Scott and Sue crew really like to hear what's going on with family even if it doesn't seem that interesting to you. So let's try and post more! Please please let me know if there are problems with posting or comments or viewing the blog.

So our Fermilab volleyball team finally had some good games yesterday. We won 2/3 and played very team like. We have been cranky towards each other which never helps because as most of you know, I don't particularly like to be yelled at....but yesterday we were back on game. Calmly playing the other team, no pushing or shoving or yelling.

Jason and I are again signed up for the marathon which is very exciting. We signed up just in time too since it closed the next afternoon. My roommate from college, Bridgette who you all might remember from the wedding, is also signed up to run it this year. This will be her first introduction to the marathon so I am hoping she enjoys the race as much as I do. The race this year will be on October 7th, so mark your calendars now! I am going to be trying to qualify for Boston and I do not feel bad about shamelessly asking for spectators :-) I need to drop 5 minutes from my time last year but will be training to drop 10 minutes, going from a 3:45 to a 3:35. I need a 3:40:59 to qualify.

That's all that's happening in the Welty-Rieger world....oh yeah....

Jason has started to write his thesis!

Monday, 16 April 2007

A Story is Worth a Thousand Pictures

Ok. So here we are in George Town - Exumas, Bahamas. Not quite what I expected but ok anyway. I just thought it was going to be bigger. More options for boaters since hundreds of them show up every year. Maybe thousands. Anyway........

Last night I saw the biggest cochroach I’ve ever seen in my life. Ok. I was half asleep and not quite sure what I was looking at while turning on the light in the galley but it was BIG! Wait....was it one or two?

Well then.....last summer while we were living in Fort Myers Beach we first encountered the ‘cr’ or more commonly known as the f’n cockroach. Not sure how they got aboard but they did. Cardboard is a no-no and perhaps we brought some aboard that way. In any case there they were. EWWWWWWW! One night last summer when I couldn’t sleep (too much bourbon or the hot flashes were not agreeing with me) I got up and sat on the couch in the salon to read. Suddenly I thought I saw something moving on the floor. NAWwwww. Just a shadow. But then I saw it again. Hmmmm. I got the flashlight and shown it on the dark floor below me. SHEEEE-IIIIIIII-TTTTTT. It was a giagantic cochroach sitting right there below me. EEEWWWWW! I slowly got up fetched the fly swatter and whacked the be-jesusssssss out of the thing. The next day I put little ‘alluring boric acid pills’ every 6 inches of the boat. WHEW. Got rid of that nuisance. Or so I thought........

But wait. There’s never just one. I remember this from when I was a sophomore in college. My roommates JoAnn and Linda and I had a 3 bedroom apartment in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago. It was a 3rd floor next to the ‘el’ and for Christmas we got a Christmas tree. Very nice. Except the temperature in the apartment was always at least 80 degrees all year round December being no exception. We decorated the tree with strung popcorn, cranberries, and whatever else we could find (wine corks, glitter, etc.). Well, one fine evening after the holidays when we were all back at the apartment we heard this pesty noise. Low and behold the christmas tree was a movin and groovin. The f’n cochroaches were having a feast with the popcorn and cranberries leaving no needles on the tree. EEEEEWWWWWW!!!

Well then. I should have learned my lesson. There’s never just one. So now back to our anchorage in George Town. Was this the extended family of cochroaches? I was just noticing that I hadn’t seen an f’n cochroach for months and then now here I see 2! What’s the deal?

They were huddled near the refrigerator lurking to do something terrible - I could just tell. I grabbed the fly swatter and beat the b’j’s’s out of the spot where I saw the buggers. Get out of my kitchen! I mean Galley! I mean Get Out!

I stood there for a few minutes with the light on waiting for retaliation. Nothing. You can never get satisfaction with these buggers.

Today I bought the biggest container of boric acid I could find. I sprayed the powder everywhere I could find a space in the galley that would not contaminate the food. Tomorrow we’ll see if I’ve been successful. Or maybe we’ll have to wait until next Christmas when we put up the tree.

Thursday, 12 April 2007

A Blistered Kind of Love

"Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
This book was written by a couple who took on the daunting (even for a yearly marathon runner who knows a challenge when she sees one) task of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). This trail takes you from Canada to Mexico and in the summer of 2000, Angela and Duffy took one hell of a long walk. Approximately 6.3million steps worth.

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Friday, 6 April 2007

The Book is 'Done'

Hello all WRBs! Yes the book is done from my end and on time! That's the cover to the left. The publisher now has all the text and over a hundred diagrams and pictures. Whew! I expect there will be some re-writes or maybe they do all that. I don't actually know much about this publishing business. I'm working on the publisher and a friend in Chicago to get me into the book signing seminar at the Strictly Sail Show in Chicago end of January 08. That should be fun!

Today we will probably head to Georgetown, Exuma. That is one of those 'stops' where you can get things done on your boat. Then on to ..... not sure. Sue and I both look forward to reading this blog so WRITE it! We love reading what YOU are doing. We know what WE are doing.

Stay warm and GO CUBS!

Thursday, 5 April 2007

52 Books in 52 Weeks

I am starting a new project.

Jason and I have started taking the train to work and I blew through a book in about 3 days. I was wondering if it would be possible for me to read on average a book a week. Some should take longer and others should take less......so I started a blog to keep track of what I'm reading and to include reviews of the books when I'm finished.

I'm already done with one! So come check it out at

Wednesday, 4 April 2007

I'll Get the Party Started

Bahamas 2007 : Day 6&7

Hello Family folks. Here is one of the albums from the recent trip to the Bahamas to get the WRB Junction back on a roll. For all the albums from Jason and Leah's recent vacationing visit : http://picasaweb.google.com/jasonleahrun

And We're Back

I have started a new WRB Junction site to get it moved over the new blogger. I don't know what this is going to do to inviting new folks. You will have to get a google account, but I do believe that the invitiation will direct you to do this.

The good thing about that is that once you have a google account you can get gmail which = awesome.

Stay tuned as this site gets updated and overhauled.