i got little work done this new year's day, but somehow found the time to purchase some interim pants from target. i define interim pants [in-ter-uhm pants] as trousers purchased as a temporary or provisional stopgap after the holidays, until one can presumably fit into one's real pants once again in march. or maybe june.
interim pants must be both cheap and roomy. they must be cheap because it would be silly to make a substantial investment in a makeshift arrangement. while they must function as pants, they should clearly fall a step below one's permanent pants in look and feel. interim pants must be roomy because there's no tougher shot to one's self-esteem -- a real body blow, if you will -- than buying bigger pants that are nevertheless still too small.
so, i've gained a little weight since becoming chair but will stubbornly view the new girth as temporary until proven otherwise. unfortunately, january and february are peak time for sedentary spectating at kid-related activity. if i can survive this period without additional gains, i should be good to go for the madison marathon in may. look for me in full prefontaine regalia, perhaps with some sansabelt running shorts.