Who’s that? BMW Edition

Previously & From the archives…

I secured a front row seat the 2016 BMW Championship. I love calling in favors because I don’t mind repaying them. I was excited to see a lot of the newer players this year. I really wanted to see the Stache.

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There were a bunch others, like Jordan Spieth, Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace. Since it’s been a hot minute since the event, I have no idea who this is or who is in several of my other pictures but I’m going with Dustin Johnson.

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Great way to spend a day with a friend!

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As we dodged the rain clouds and hydrated, we stumbled across someone’s lost stash not stache. After trying to find the hidden cameras or undercover cops, the table in front of us noticed our awkward behavior.

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It ain’t legal here, but they were taking the goods.

#22pushups for #22Kill Awareness

Did you know every day, there are 22 Veterans in our country that commit suicide?

CS was challenged to raise awareness for this issue using push-ups. The rules from 22Kill are simple:

  1. Once you are nominated your 22 days start the following day.
  2. Every day you record yourself doing 22 push-ups. Try your best to reach 22. If that means doing assisted (from your knees) push-ups or that you have to stop and take a break that’s fine but try to get them all done in one video.
  3. Every day you must nominate a different person. Try to choose people you think will want to do this and/or have the ability to do it.
  4. And finally, have fun with this. This is a simple and fun way to get the word out about a matter that more people need to be aware about.

These brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. It is very sad that so many Veterans feel that suicide is the only way out. Pay it forward if you agree.

I accepted my nomination. Today I nominate… Brandon Fuller.

My pushups need work! #22pushups for #22KILL

$754 Burpees

Previously. (I missed 2015, but they didn’t. Over $600 raised last year.)

I’m so blessed to have year-after-year caring supporters of my philanthropic cause, the Pink Ribbon Connection (PRC). My gym at work loves a challenge and loves to challenge it’s members. Who wants to do 1 burpee for every $ raised?!

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This year, we had a guilt factor 🙂 Come, do the burpees with us! Even if you are in San Diego! I only had 40 minutes to offer in my busy work day. I figured a 100 burpee day would be my commitment. Make it visible and achieve your goal.

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Let’s get to work!

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I met my goal of 100 burpees faster than expected. Urg. Ok, let’s do 54 more to be a bigger part of the gang. The gang did SEVEN HUNDRED and FIFTY FOUR burpees. That’s quite insane. This is what getting to that point looks like.

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The aftermath…

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This fundraising effort is directly connected to our community. PRC provides Peer Counseling Help Line, Breast Cancer Informational Gatherings, a PRC Newsletter – The Pink Letter, a Library and Patient Resource Guide. And what I love the most, PRC provides free Wigs, Prostheses, Bras, Hats, Turbans and Accessories to our survivors. I appreciate Komen’s efforts. I hope you appreciate and value ours. Donations are always welcome.

I’m Not Tough Like This

The Runner’s Forum was offering an outdoor movie night. Yes please!

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I’d never heard of The Barkley Marathons (as I will find out later why) and was instantly intrigued with the tag line. The hardest 100 mile race around. I’ve seen a few. Heard of a dozen. What is this all about? Before the show started, I was motivated to be out with the old, and in with the new!

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From Nike to New Balance, so let’s try Saucony. On with the movie!

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Holy shit this is nuts. 100~ish miles in 60 hours in Tennessee. Watch this movie if you feel like you are a bad ass. You might not be. I am not.

Delayed Date Night

With other Thursday night events on the calendar, I had to delay June’s date night until September. But where was I taking CS with his putter?

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We checked in at the front desk and since we brought our own putters, we couldn’t walk thru museum gallery. We had to take the back stairs to get to our event… Mini golf at the IMA! 18 different Indiana themed art installations turned into a massive putt-putt course.

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First hole was a tribute to the Great Squirrel Invasion. You could turn the squirrels or use them to ricochet your ball towards the hole.

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Rainbow cat

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Cardinal

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It happened to be Pacer’s Movie night, so we took a quick break to get a pic with Boomer.

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Back to golf! This one was a maze of chimes that if you played them, it played “Back Home Again in Indiana”. Really annoying when the kids would just bang on them.

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A nod to the State’s covered bridges.

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My hole in 1!

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Two 6’s killed me.

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Good times for a cheap price! Head over before it closes in October.

OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K

Previously.

Lately, I have alarm fails when Mom visits. Our race starts at 7:30 am. She wanted to get up at 5:15 for our 6:15 exit time. My right brain had it’s own agenda. It got up at 6:15. She does this now. Well, shit. Sorry Mom, let’s go!

We get parked and then the bathroom pit stop had to occur. Hey 5K Race, go ahead and start. We’ll catch up! As we are walking to and past the start, we get on the route. Mom says, “Where’s the crowd?” Me, “We’ll catch them, we are are late but it still counts.” We start right behind the EMS cart and this guy getting the job done in his own way. Humble reminder we are all on our journey and to be proud for others on their personal journey.

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Mom was raring to go! She was ready to pass people like a race car driver. We had pedicures and shopping to do afterward! Traditions.

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After mile 1, we caught up to the “Back of Pack” sign. This helps you know to get your ass moving or get your ass on the bus. We don’t do buses.

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Usually you see Mom and I arm-in-arm making our way to the finish. This time, we saw a new approach. Awwww… (what’s happened to me?!)

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We finished in under an hour and happy as could be!

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Once we finished, we went to the team tent, hydrated, got some food and made our way to the grandstands to wait for the Mini finishers. This was a new experience for us! We were giddy and add to that, these “clappers” to cheer in the elite runners this race draws!

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While waiting for the elites, our buddy from mile 1, GOT IT DONE!

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The annoucer calls his name and he acknowledges the remark. Cue my tears. I didn’t even know this guy, and damn, mad respect for his journey that brought him to this race. Thanks to Karma for letting me witness someone else’s fortitude. Being bold with my message here… life is a classroom… We learn every day from ordinary experiences. Or did Tay-tay Swift teach me that?!

The top finishers started arriving! Never seen it from this side before.

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I think Mom and I found our new race. I couldn’t have asked for a better day and wonderful experience with my beautiful Mother. Here’s to 10 more!!

Race Season Begins

Big 10 games were in town. I won’t complain about free tickets. I will complain about watching Rutgers v. Nebraska. Boring.

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Probably the most exciting part was the halftime Big 10 baby race with each school represented. This had to violate some NCAA rule.

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Best part, I love you Robbie Hummel!

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As the weekend approached, it was time to put in some work. Previously.

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I did a toughness pose-off with Sparty. I think he won. Coolest thing was as we were walking to the start line, Coach Izzo was walking by the Circle. I’ve seen him before. He’s quite noticeable. I elbowed CS and said “That’s Izzo.” As we passed by I said, “Hi Coach!”. He responded, “Boiler Up!” Awesome.

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Least favorite part of the race. Totally kills the momentum.

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I decided I needed a selfie. I’m a dork.

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A look back.

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Usually I recruit double digit participants to represent. My numbers are dwindling. My loyal 2016 crew.

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Even the warm temps couldn’t keep WFD away. Got to use my flax seed mittens when I got home. I’m an old ass lady.

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But only 6 seconds/minute slower than 2 years ago. Take it. Bonus note: 1st in my age group!!! So, let’s do it again the following week at my fav location. Previously. Hello Holliday!

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Getting back into the running swagger, I was excited to race. This place just energizes me. It showed in my finish. 30 seconds/minute faster than last year. 2nd fastest pace ever for me there. Again, I’ll take it.

PU vs. Vandy

Got a 24 hour RSVP to the Purdue Vandy game courtesy of JCrew. Even Santa was there!

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There’s really not a bad seat in this place.

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Unless you have to sit in front of us.

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These guys were clueless that we photo bombed them. They facebook/twitter/whatever the picture out and instantly got responses of “Who are the 2 chicks behind you?” They graciously sent us the evidence. But at half time, Uncle Steve came through with court side seats.

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Swanigan is big.

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But Haas is bigger!

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Let’s make something happen this year Boilers!

End Zone

CS scored some sweet seats for the Colts v Texans game. 4th row end zone!

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Got to see Hasselbeck up close.

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After a gaggle of kid cheerleaders took over halftime, Vinatieri and McAfee going to practice.

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McAfee can boot the ball!

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Stayed until the end hoping they’d pull out a victory but it wasn’t in the cards. Let’s hope there is a wild card for us.

Preview Day

When a potential Boilermaker says, “Can we go visit Purdue for one of my college days this year?” The answer is a resounding BOILER UP!

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Purdue has created a brillant program called Preview Day. After a morning introduction, they schedule 2 break out sessions in the morning by each college at the University. An admissions director spoke and told you more details about their program, classes, credits… it was information overload in a good way. The best thing I learned at these sessions was University President, Mitch Daniels, wants 30% of Purdue students to study abroad. He has created separate funding for study abroad programs and every student we met this day, had studied aboard. Brilliant program for these Boilers.

After those sessions, they provided a free lunch at one of the cafeterias. I was not looking forward to this remembering the one year I was forced to eat at these while living in the dorms. My, how they have changed! CS was excited for the all-you-can-eat experience.

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College did not look like that when I was there. I was very jealous. NOT that I want to go back. It’s just so much cooler (yep, I’m old) on campus now. They even had an Amazon store with free 1 day shipping. I had to wait a week for my Mom’s care packages.

We were left with an open afternoon to visit different spots on campus that were ready to give potential students tours. We headed to the health lab and the beautiful new PMO building. Followed that up with a dorm tour, shopping at Discount Den, dinner at Jake’s then Karma was on our side and the men’s basketball team had their opening pre-season game at home. Let’s go to Keady Court!

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Funniest thing I witnessed, was this…

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Really kids?! You want to steal 1 ply toilet paper. College kids are desperate to save money.