Bluegrass Vacation: Episode 2

Continued from last week’s post.

Relaxing at the House

Since I was up late, and since the kids had other people around to help them with breakfast when they awoke, I got to sleep in. I think it was close to 9am when I stumbled upstairs to the kitchen.

Our time at the vacation house involved swimming at the pool, playing games, and napping.

people playing in a pool

Whenever people were not swimming, their swimwear was drying on the fence. After a while, it was difficult to find a free spot on the fence for your stuff.

people playing in a pool

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Way to Cheer

A 10k is a long enough race that you have some time to think. So while I was running my last 10k, I noted some things.

The main thing is that I appreciate good spectators. Whether it’s a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or full marathon, it’s nice to have people cheering.

What prompted this was the spectator who yelled “Run faster!” to me.

I assume she meant well and wasn’t trying to taunt me. But her words were less than encouraging. So here are my thoughts on how to cheer for a runner.
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Bluegrass Vacation: Episode 1

Not bluegrass the music – bluegrass the state. We took a few days to go to Kentucky.

It’s about a 5 hour drive, but with a 2-month-old and a 2-year-old we couldn’t just drive straight there. So we left the house around 10:00am and got to our destination at 7:00pm – a total of 9 hours for a 5 hour drive.

Our first stop was at a rest area for lunch. That didn’t take too long, maybe 30-40 minutes.

photo of people eating a picnic at a rest stop

It was a decent rest stop, and the kids enjoyed both the lunch and the time to run around.

photo of food at a picnic

They kicked a soccer ball around, and they followed a fuzzy green caterpillar.

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Elemental Illiteracy

As is my habit during breakfast, I was perusing the cereal boxes at the table.

Various cereal companies have taken to highlighting random nutritional facts at the top of the front of the box. This particular box was no exception.

I was surprised to see that this company has decided to change the symbol for iron.

picture of cereal box that touts good iron but uses Ir instead of Fe as the symbol

As anyone who made it through high school should know, the symbol for iron is Fe, not Ir.

This cereal is unknowingly touting its content of iridium. Since iridium is very rare, this must be some special cereal.

They also got the symbol for zinc wrong, but Z is not used for anything else. Z versus Zn is not as obvious as Ir versus Fe.

Maybe they thought people were uneducated and wouldn’t know that Fe means iron. Well then, cereal company, this is your opportunity to improve the world a little. Provide that edumacation that the people need instead of furthering their ignorance.

Looking at the nutrition information, I’m wondering why they chose to tout zinc as high-content.

picture of the nutrition information on the side of a cereal box

It’s not like zinc has a higher percentage than most of the other items. Iron does, so I can understand that. But so does folate. Why doesn’t folate get recognized?

Maybe the marketing group or box designers thought people want zinc.

I’d rather have iridium.

Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

Leafy Theme

It’s September, the start of the fall quarter. Time for me to update the theme on this blog.

As is usual, it’s not really a new theme – all I did was replace the images.

Anyway, here’s a slightly new look. Expect some tweaks in the days to come.

For you will be like an oak whose leaf fades away Or as a garden that has no water.

Isaiah 1:30

Another SCL Guest Post!

Welcome SCL fans!

It’s fun being an SCL guest post-er; I’m wondering what to do to live up to the hype.


I got nothing.

Maybe not nothing – I can point you to the welcome post I put together about a year ago when Jon ran my first guest post.

And for those of you who are reading this but don’t read SCL: I invite you to go read my guest post about Christianizing TV shows.

The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 7:8

Peaches 2011

With the raspberry picking out of the way, we decided to go peach picking. I took the 3 older boys to an area farm and sprayed them well with insect repellent (the farm doesn’t use pesticides so that they can be certified as natural or organic or whatever).

I inquired at the weigh station about peaches and was told that the next group would go out in about 10 minutes. We could either wait or we could go pick raspberries until then. It didn’t matter to me, so I took a vote among the boys and it was 2-1 in favor of raspberries. So off we went.

This time, they all liked picking raspberries and did a fine job of doing so.

picture of children picking raspberries

We had a couple of buckets, so we had some sharing issues
(3 boys – 2 buckets = 1 child complaining about not having a bucket).
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