Long Weekend

With my training schedule dedicated (ha) to Bop, I didn’t have anything planned for my Friday  night, so I tackled my new home improvement project of the upstairs bathroom.  I have an idea of a spa like environment for my tiny little “master” bathroom.  New texture, paint, lights, counter… you name it, I can imagine it.  I’ll leave the final pictures to later.

Meanwhile, Purdue had a home game where I got to converse with a fav man of mine.

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And maybe not one of my fav people, but still a person that I do respect, The General.

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I really didn’t get to talk to him, but he’s got good street cred in my book even though our students were yelling “Guard the chairs”.

I started on my demo and remodel, but was pleasantly interrupted by my parents wanting to celebrate my birthday with me this weekend.  We spent time going over photos and stories, but more importantly, Mom and I tried to spend some money at Midland Antiques and Crafts, but couldn’t.  It certainly had a lot to offer, but we didn’t see anything worth buying.  We all finished our visit together with cake and myself learning how to install a junction box in my ceiling.  Totally stuff 31…I mean 32 year old women do.

Thanks to my Dad teaching me new home improvement techniques.  Thanks to them both for spending the day with me!

Click here to watch the video of us making a video that probably only we will laugh at.

Obsession

I think I might have a problem.  Tonight, for the first time in my life, I tried to chase down a mascot for a photo.  Chick-fil-A was hosting our half time program at tonight’s basketball game so they provided a Curtis Painter cow.

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I was commenting to Jessi that I had to figure out how to get a picture with him.  As I was leaving the restroom at half time, Curtis was in the concourse.  I sprinted down to our seats, grabbed my camera, and headed back out there to find him.  He was gone!  I did a full lap around Mackey and still couldn’t find him.  I was very sad.  And my team lost to O-H-oh-no.  Not a good night for me.

I’m A Cheater

I must make a public apology. I feel like a cheater. Besides my family, I cheated on one of the things I love the most in my life. I hope he will forgive me. I hope I can do something to make it up to him. Pete? Will you ever forgive me? 

I traveled to that other Big 10 school in my state that has a basketball team without my alma mater even making an appearance there. Why?  I did it for one of the only people, besides my family and Pete, that I love in this world. I did it for K. We scored tickets to the IU v Bryant game and since there was nothing else to do on a Monday night, why not?!  If it’s any consultation to Pete, I did not wear red. I did not cheer for IU.  I did cheer for the Big 10 victory and any good plays I saw.  Before the game, we arrived in B-town to have dinner at Malibu Grill where the best after dinner treat was our pick as we exited.  Dum-Dums!

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We arrived promptly to see the tip off and watch IU take an early lead. It wasn’t even a competition for them, but VJ3 found his shot again so that was worth watching.

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They announced a running score between IU and Purdue and how we are tied at 2.5 games a piece. I’ll have to do some research to see what all this consists of, but I’m fairly positive the mighty Black and Gold will run up the score for 2010. Our Big 10 season starts tonight against Iowa.  Pete, I’m back on track!  Please remember our first date almost 2 years ago and how much fun we had…

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Jingle My Bell

Today was my last race of the 2009 season, the Jingle Bell run. It was a brisk 23 degrees but no winds and the sun was peeking through.  I arrived promptly at 8:08 am for the 8:15 am start time.  Just in time to find the john and get in my spot.  But when I walked up the announcer says “The start of the race has been postponed until 8:30 am.”  Ok, it’s not that bad, but I time these things for minimal cold exposure.  I got in line to go into the State Museum to stretch but there was no room at all, so I just did a U-ey and got in my spot.  This time I got in front of the 8 min mile sign thinking that wasn’t cheating too bad.  I did plan to run 8:10s.  I was trying to get proof that I am still the runner that knows what pace they can handle and get in my appropriate “corral” but missed the top of the sign.  

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As usual, people were peeling off left and right starting to walk less than 1/2 mile in.  I had to do some bobbin’ and weavin’ but made it thru and  held a good pace.  Lots of young kids today representing different middle schools.  But most entertaining is that this race brings out all kinds of interesting costumes.  Trees, elves, Santas, Dick Guy in a box. 

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As I was crossing the finish line, I noticed this guy cheering me on!”

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I finished slightly faster than last year at 25:05 and since I was feeling pretty good after the race, I tagged on 2 extra miles around downtown before I headed home.

So this concludes my race season. I started running one community event a month back in 2007. I didn’t make 100% that year due to some medical issues, but 2008 and 2009 have both been 12 for 12. Not sure what I’ll do to up the ante next year. 2 a month? Different cities? Try to get someone to join me each run? Guess I have a few days to figure it out. Until then, 2010 starts off with Bop to the Top. Who’s with me?!

Drumstick Dash 2009

I’ve done this Broadripple race for the past 3 years and every year the participant count increases.  2 years ago it had about 5,000 people.  Last year 7,000.  I’ll be interested to see how many there are this year.  But most importantly, I was very happy to see Gerry Gobbler.  I swear I do not seek out mascots.  I just happen to be where they are at the right time for photo ops!

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There was also a cardinal mascot, but other than being a bird, I’m not sure what he has to do with this holiday or race.  Lots of paticipants seem to be families spending some exercise time together on Thanksgiving.  Lots of costumes and hats.  There was a little boy in a full pilgram outfit.  A few kids in halloween type turkey suits.  But I think this takes the award for best hat.

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We had great weather at 40 crisp degrees.  It spit a little mist on us for awhile, but with no wind, it was a welcome refreshing treat to cool your sweat.  I finished over a minute faster than last year at 37:15. Ok with me as I am fatter and older than 1 year ago.

Happy Turkey Day everyone!

False Advertising

The Children’s Museum opened up a King Tut exhibit since K and I went 2 months ago.  It was free entry again, so we set off after work to check it out.  First thing I saw though… mascot.  Gotta get a pic.

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We got up to the 2nd floor only to find a ticket line.  I tracked down a worker to see what the story was.  $15 for adults?!  You’ve got to be kidding me!  Hang a damn sign on the giant 30 foot Egyptian cat out front!  Neither one of us were THAT into seeing the exhibit, so we opted for the gift shop and all the other exhibits that were closed when we were here before.  There was a small free Egypt section that we checked out.  We patiently waited our turn for some camera ops.  Here’s K and her Sphinx-ter.

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Here’s me trying to figure out where my ass is going.

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Then K let me touch her beaver.

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Check out our postcard memory of the event. Mama Carole is coming in town this weekend and mentioned seeing this exhibit. Yea, not so much.