Saturday, January 31, 2009

100 Pushups

A few friends of mine turned me on to a web site called One Hundred Pushups. I'm sure it is the latest work out fad, but it looked kinda cool. A six week program to help you basically drop and do 100 pushups.

At work I help lead a 2x a week Stability Ball class. This class runs through a series of strength exercises and focuses on core strength. We do pushups and plank exercises. A few of us have been doing this for almost 4 years now. It was the only exercise that I did during grad school. It didn't help keep off the weight but it kept me some what fit.

Since Jack is now 16 months old I told myself I was going to get back to more consistent work outs. I was weighing 190 when he was born and I managed to lose 10 pounds between now and then. I'm aiming to drop another 10. I hope. I've started running 2-3x a week and sitting on my bicycle trainer once a week for a solid work out.

So back to the 100 Pushups. It starts with taking a test. Then based on your test you pick your work out and proceed. Three days a week for six weeks.

I managed to eek out 28 pushups in my test. Hooray Stability Ball Class for helping me. I managed enough to skip to week 3 to start the work outs. That might actually hurt me more than I realized. Eeking out 28 was tough. I got to 25 pretty easy and the last 3 were really hard. I had my mind on 30 and I got to 28 and my arms said... "nope, that's all folks."

So check back with me in 3-4 weeks to see how my progress goes.

13 Years

A quick little post that Lavinia and I celebrated 13 years this week (1/27). We are going out tonight (thanks Gram and Grandpa for babysitting) to a place called Crush here in Seattle. I think it is a fitting name.

13 years seems like a long time, but in reflecting upon all we have done it seems very short. Lavinia and I have really grown up together, I met her when I was 20. I still remember sitting next to her in History 301 at the UW. I remember being so impressed by this strong girl. She knew who she was and had opinions. Yet she was very good at listening to others at the same time. She amazed me then and she still amazes me today. She's a great mother to Jack, she still is that strong young girl that I fell in love with so many years ago.

I'm very lucky to have had Lavinia at my side through life's challenges. We've seen and done a lot. We'll be celebrating all of it tonight.

Jack using the phone


Friday, January 30, 2009

Bacon BBQ

Bacon + BBQ. Glorious

http://www.bbqaddicts.com/bacon-explosion.html

The Brothers get a new look

Hey Everyone,

I decided to change the look of the blog after 2 years and added a few new gadgets. Hopefully you all like the layout and look and will keep reading. In that same breath of hope we will see if Mark actually posts before his wedding too. Fingers crossed because we all do like his posts.

I added some links to posts I follow on the left and a gadget for you to subscribe to the blog. I'm hoping to hook up some picture slide shows too, but need to see how to work that with our Zenfolio account.

Happy Reading!
Jeff

Auto-Pilot

Ever had a day when you are on auto-pilot so much that you have zoned out? Maybe took a shower with your PJs still on? Or left the house without pants on? Or drove to work on a Saturday morning and spent an hour cussing at your co-workers for being late until you realized it?

Today Lavi was dropping Jack off at daycare. I was driving separately to work. I was engrossed in a report on NPR. I drove all the way to the driveway of the daycare before I realized that Jack was with Mommy and I didn't need to be there.

After laughing for about 3-4 blocks I was back at work (they are close to each other). Still shaking my head and giggling about that. Oh well, here's hoping the rest of the day is a little more focused.

Jeff

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Red Dwarf news

I'm geeking out about some new Red Dwarf news.

The BBC reported that the cult sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf will return to TV, 21 years after its initial launch, and will appear on the digital channel Dave in the United Kingdom for a two-part Easter-weekend special.

In the special, the cast finally return to Earth. Written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, the new show reunites the original cast, including Coronation Street's Craig Charles.

It's unclear when or where the special would air in North America.

The hit show ran for eight series on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999. Set 3 million years in the future, the show followed the exploits of Dave Lister, slovenly crew member of the mining ship Red Dwarf—and the last man in the universe.

He was joined in his weekly attempts to make it back to Earth by a cast of oddballs including human hologram Arnold Rimmer, mechanoid servant Kryten and Cat—a preening half-man, half-animal who evolved from the ship's cat.

The new two-part series Red Dwarf: Back to Earth will be followed by a "no holds barred" episode without sets or special effects. The weekend will climax with Red Dwarf: The Making of Back to Earth, a behind-the-scenes special from the new episodes.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

It is our Father's birthday today. I won't spoil how old he is. It is hard to believe. Almost as hard to believe his eldest son is 36 so there you go. We celebrated his birthday on Saturday.

If you have his digits or email pop him some well wishes.

Happy Birthday Dad - From the Brothers Moran!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Jack hits the beach

Jack hit the beaches in Panama and was quite a hit

First view this snippet of a video from Lavi's favorite movie "Night at the Roxbury" and then look at the following pictures of Jack. He was obviously out to impress


Jack says - Hey Ladies the party is getting started over here! I'm kicking off the shoes for a good time.


Jack says - You ladies just got an invitation to the GUN SHOW! How you like these muscles!


Jack says - Hey Ladies you want a little of this! Just learned how to put these glasses on!


Jack says - Ladies, there is enough of me to go around. I'll holler at you in a bit. I'm chillin with my Dad for now.


Jack says - Fine! you asked for it, I'll SHAKE IT! SHAKE IT! This one goes out to Marin and Raya Jane.


Jack says: You ladies want a little of this?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The other brother speaks - with big news!!!

Ah yes like the Jedi, the Mack and 80's, I return. I'd apologize for my absence, but I know my public loves me for my lack of posting. I'm hoping to be the Silent Bob of this blog and only speak when it's profound or humorous (failed already).

As Jeff has eluded, being "too busy" is an oft overused excuse, but true nonetheless. Additionally, my work has been blocking access to this page so when the jones has come upon me to post I have been unable. This is also the reason I haven't responded to the Ebay winner of my "well loved" GI Joe Snake-eyes action figure that I auctioned off. Let's hear it for the corporations forcing us to be more productive (while not providing any source of free caffeine, go figure).

The big news out here is that Siobhan and I are getting married!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yup, she said yes. We couldn't be happier. This has been a while in the making and now the time was right. To spare you the gooey details about the proposal, let's just say that I'm a wicked romantic fool and keeping it simple is the way to go. Wedding plans are underway already. We hope to have the wedding sometime in 2009. The odds on favorite is for October right now, but all things are fluid at this point. I'm so very excited. Stay tuned for further announcements including the Team Shark wedding blog (for those not in the know, Team Shark = Siobhan + Mark, t-shirts available for $13.95).

Everything else seems to pale to that news…. Hhhmmm what else is going on. I did indeed finally finish my degree. It wasn't as horrible as I thought, although I heard Satan slipped on some ice that day. It's nice to have that done and over with. The stress it was causing my father was almost too much. Things in the East are cold, d*mn cold! There are mounds of snow everywhere and it seems like a semi daily occurrence to shovel. We're making it through. There have been a couple of times where going to work had to be delayed, but I'm cool with that. We were hunkered down in the house due to the big storm before Xmas. Snow in the East Coast is not bad as long as you plan for it.

On the job front everything is going fairly well. I'm doing a 90/10 split between working on Fuel Cell buses and Fuel Cell cars. The company has higher expectations that FC buses will be our first market entry point (if necessary Jeff can decode this MBA speak). FC buses are almost twice as efficient as diesel and they always fuel and return to the same place, thereby eliminating the concern about where to fill up on hydrogen. It's cool stuff, but we're so swamped with deadlines. It was nice this morning when one of our chief technology guys was remarking how no one else "on the planet" has fuel cells that perform as well as the ones we're building. He also remarked that if we can continue to show the feasibility and benefits of this technology that the auto industry will have no choice but to pursue it.

Siobhan and I had a very nice trip back to Seattle right after Xmas. New Years eve downtown was very cool. We missed Jeff, Lavi and Jack though. Hopefully we'll see them soon. Other highlights included seeing my friends, especially Deron and Cyndy who I haven't seen in over a year!

All right that's enough for now.

Big love out to everyone.

Later,
-Mark

Jeff's back.. pictures from the trip

Hey Everyone,

We are back from Panama and had a great trip. I plan to blog about it in detail later to insure you are all jealous (grin).

I posted a bunch of photos up on the Zenfolio photo site. Check'em out and stay tuned.

Jeff