A Mile A Day In May

Previously.

While starting my “training” for the Mini 5K this year on May 3rd, I thought of an idea to get my ass running on a regular basis again. “A Mile A Day In May” was born. I have no excuse to not carve off 10 minutes a day for a minimum one mile run. Since I started this idea late, I made sure to have catch-up runs for May 1st & 2nd, which included a run over to packet pick up in some rain. Little did I know that was an omen for race day. What better way to shake off the crappy weather than with a mascot photo!

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Slim pickins’ in the goodie bag since this race went to a virtual goodie bag. This was a fun surprise, a student who has benefited from the 500 Festival education programs wrote us a note!

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Instead of our usual lasagna dinner, we met up with my cousin and 2nd cousin who would be running the race with Team Triumph!

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If you haven’t heard of this group, please visit their website. TEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults, and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. Their mission is “To enhance the health and well being of individuals with disabilities by fostering lasting, authentic relationships through the teamwork environment of endurance athletics.” My cousin’s daughter has an amazing story and gets to ride in this chair at events.

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I have thought about racing with someone like this for awhile because I do so many races by myself. Now, I’ll commit to racing for Team Triumph in 2017. Mom and I added CS to our 5K team this year!

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He’s in shorts and a jacket. I’m in pants, a winter coat and stocking cap. 45 degrees is not my friend. The weather didn’t keep the crowd away but I heard a lot of runners bailed on the Mini because of the conditions.

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The weather couldn’t keep T-Rex away! I needed a picture with this guy!

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Mom was not happy with the drizzling rain. Nobody puts Mama in a hood.

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It was chilly but 5K bag people? Must of been their 1st rodeo.

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During the last mile Mama had her fill. She was ready to bail. Don’t JUMP!!

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But she gets some pep in her step at the finish line!

I think we’ve seen the last of the Mom/Daughter Mini days. We’ll find some warmer races to compete in. Got to see my longtime friend @erikprops finish the wheelchair race! Sorry I can’t show a closer view… Flickr needs to figure out their photo editor choices.

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As I’m trying to figure out time splits for my cousins, Chad goes “There they are!” Fugh! Barely could get my phone out in time but I did get to capture J running the last bit of the race!

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As we walk back to our tent, we spy a massage area. Yes please!

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So, back to A Mile A Day In May… I only missed last Thursday because of the work schedule and events, but I made up for it the day before. My legs are tired, but will stay strong!

Spring Beeches

Previously.

When you want to take your parents on vacation, but only kinda…

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You put them in their own condo on the other side of the building! Just kidding, we love traveling with them!

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Back to Gulf Shores we go!

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We had beautiful weather most of the week. One storm rolled in but was welcomed and took our clan out to do some retail therapy.

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Most days looked like this…

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We hit all our favorite spots again. We had some newcomers to initiate. First stop, I needed to see my furry friends!

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Look at her hands! So tiny and gentle.

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Mom loved it.

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And they loved her, Lemur attack!

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That’s pure joy in her face! CS managed to stay lemur-pee-free this time.

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The newbies were a bit timid, but they said they would do it again!

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Ft Morgan is another tourist attraction we had to hit. Everyone set off to explore.

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I love walking around this place imaging what it was really like. Last time we missed the Moon Lander while visiting the Blue Angels. Dad was on a mission to see it. You can’t fathom that people actually believed this would work…

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Let’s see the practice!

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By the end of the week with all the sun, it was easy to get chilled. Coats, coffee and cocoa were on the menu. Are we at the coast?!

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BS found our new little friend at the bottom of the pool. That’s a tic-tac next to him. He’s so small! BS had eagle eye with his goggles.

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Bye beech! You’ll be missed.

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Ski Time

Previously.

I can’t get this…

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Or this in my own city.

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Let’s travel! I always get asked on our later Colorado trips, “Will there be snow?” Oh yes. When you are at 10,000 feet, there is plenty.

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B upgraded the girls annual passes to Copper this year. CS and I love Copper so we were excited.

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With all 3 Fuller girls on skis this year, we maximized the 6 seater chair.

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I even packed a selfie stick to get some group shots.

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I’m learning how to use it. I hooked it all up without realizing I clamped down on the take-a-picture-button on the side. I got 198 photos of my skis in 5 seconds.

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It’s hard trying to get all that shit out on the chair, not fall off, and not lose any gear to the ground below. Kayla was my rockstar this year! She had new longer skis and mastered them like a champ.

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Syd was our navigator with Reagan at her side. They lead us down the slopes all day long!

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It was very fun for me to watch B and his girls. They all have come a long way from when we first started doing this.

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After skiing all day, I thought these girls would be down in bed quickly. Nope! Dance battle ensued.

After I took a turn, Kayla was looking for her next victim. It was Future uncle.

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We had a new player this year. A new doggie. I tried to accommodate her when the girls had to head back to town for some soccer. Hindsight, I should have left her alone. But she looked like mix of my last 2 dogs. I couldn’t resist and it costed me. I was down in bed with an allergy attack like no other for 2 days.

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We spent a day walking around Leadville. Repeat, yes they have snow. Up to the roof!

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One of my favorite thrift shops has been replaced with a grow shop. Highest weed shop around. Get it?! It’s at 10,000 feet.

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While I’m reading my Ellen book, she talks about being in Colorado and wanting to see what her readers are doing. Well, cool! I’ll show you! I took to Twitter hoping @TheEllenShow would catch on.

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I got a few likes, but not my break through moment. Try #1 got a better response. Until next time, see ya Rockies!

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Eat, Drink and Get Sandy

Take me back!

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K and I took a great escape down to FL before the bitter cold arrived to the Midwest. As we enjoyed the warm salty air, this washed up and scared the shit out of me as I was blissfully taking pictures!

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I had seen a bright blue jellyfish on one of my previous beach walks, so I was hyper sensitive. We ventured out one night to see how the locals do it. Meet our Florida snowmen.

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K found this man more appealing. At 10 pm, it was half price tequila shots. Twist our arms.

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This vaca was all about good food, great drinks, and sand.

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After being beach bums for a few days, we needed to get some culture. Florida style. We found a holiday lights boat tour on the Intracoastal Waterway. I was hoping for a boat like this…

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Just kidding. That’s Steve Spielberg’s boat. Our boat was more this style…

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But it came with a tree. I’m not the only one who puts Christmas trees near water.

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The yachts and homes on this waterway were unbelievable and massive. Like stuff you see on TV.

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According to our guide, this family fell in love with the Harry Potter movies, then had there home updated to reflect the homes in the movie. $$$$$.

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Our farewell toast to the beach. Who needs stemware and flip-flops?!

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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.

Rock The Ruins

After a long Corporate Challenge morning, I was ready to relax. My roomies agreed to chill with me at Rock The Ruins!

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Holliday Park has been raising money for 2 years to revamp and refresh the ruins sculpture at the park. I expected a good crowd but was delighted to see it packed with friends, couples, and families.

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Toy Factory played for us, while the kids played in the new water splash area.

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Can’t wait to use that after my next run!

Zoo Brew

Mom’s been talking about this event for years but it sells out literally 3 minutes after tickets go on sale. She made some networking calls and finally we had 2 tickets to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo fundraiser called Zoo Brew!

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I can’t even remember the last time I was here, but I do remember my first job working with the ponies and horse rides. That lasted one summer due to my hay allergy. But it did give me a great memory of one car ride home with my Mom… I was 14 and couldn’t drive yet so she carted me and my lunch there every day. This was back in the day of the hard Igloo coolers. A rabbit had built a nest in the middle of the pony ring. Once the babies were ready to flee, my fellow co-workers were trying to catch them. Once you touch them, the mom won’t take care of them anymore. Dad and I had raised bunnies in our neighborhood quite a few times. So I thought, I’ll just bring them home. I put some grass in my cooler and in went 2 bunnies. Mom picks me up and asks

Why do you have grass coming out of your cooler?

I have 2 bunnies in there.

Natalee, you can’t steal animals from the zoo!

Duh! Back to present time… She got us VIP so we could get access to all the food and drink an hour before the general public. Very good choice as the lines got ridiculous as the night progressed. The zoo is laid out by continents so we headed to Africa first.

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Each continent had about a dozen food vendors and a dozen drink tastings. I was happy with my Mo’s tacos, but the caprese salad looked great.

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Bourbon tasting? Yes please!

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But we were really there to see the animals. A lot of the cats were sleeping.

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Hyena

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Zebras on the veldt.

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As we watched this monkey, he started to relieve himself from all ends. We hightailed it out of there. No poop thrown at us please!

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As we headed to North America, we hear the classic train horn. Mom got giddy like a little kid! She wanted to ride the train. I walked over to the empty station and asked the worker if it was open to the guests. It was so waited for it’s return… it had 4 people on it. 4. We were the only ones in line, everyone else was scarfing down food and booze. Alright Mom, let’s ride the train.

Alone. Seriously hilarious that we were the only ones. This is not a small train.

After our ride we headed to Austrailia.

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They turned the old bat exhibit into an interactive sting ray pool.

Roos hanging around the walkabout.

The huge aquarium is still a favorite of ours.

Puffer!

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Penguins weren’t very active in heat.

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I was excited to see the Lion drinking fountain was still functional!

Great day & memories with Mom! Thanks Momma!

Our Beach Return

Previously.

We. Made. It.

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Herbie @ the beach! 4 weeks prior to this, I wasn’t sure it would happen. Fears of playing Aunt Edna kept entering my mind.

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Our first stop was for some big chair time.

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Get this man some food!

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After a few days at the beach, the Indiana girls needed a shopping fix. And I needed to see if CS fit into this contraption.

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And we thought this was funny.

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CS was craving a po’boy the whole trip! With the help of some locals, we did find a few new eateries to try.

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Dad witnessed a Blue Angels fly-by over the beach, hopped on the internet, and we made plans to watch a public practice over in Peniscola. Bucket List! Mom, pack the Triscuits.

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My 2 favorite men in the whole wide world.

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They had an old Fat Albert plane you could tour. Might as well!

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I love this photo of my Dad. He’s walking by, “Herb, stop right there. I need a pic.” Payback for all the pics as a kid I had to pose for. Parenting your parents is fun!

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The cloud cover kept the practice to just a few stunts, but still impressive.

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Video will be coming soon.

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Then ole’ Fat Albert took the stage.

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After the show, we visited the massive National Naval Aviation Museum.

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I was very impressed with the history of planes and equipment this place had. Imagine this R2D2 cage was your job for months or years.

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Front row seat!

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You can’t see shit out of this thing. Radio contact must have been crucial.

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We tried to figure out if we could put his on the pontoon and race some boats at the lake.

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Finally time for my repeat bucket item… Lemur play time. I was armed with more interactive video this time.

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COME PLAY WITH ME!

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Carole was all about it.

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Chad found a new lover. In, this guy loved to lick is sun burnt forehead clean.

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I was in heaven. When I go back, I will likely do this every day we are there. Every day.

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Next animal encounter? Sloth! I sent this image to a friend. His response, “Nice stuffed animal statue.”

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Nope, he moves!

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There were 2 slothes in the cage. Let’s feed one.

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The sloth-y, as we will call him, would creepily move around the ropes.

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And I figured he was doing yoga moves.

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Photo ops with a sloth. And again, video will be coming soon.

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Another encounter was Kangaroos, but they put them in this pouch and you hold the pouch. Pass.

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CS had fun getting this guy agitated.

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Amidst all our fun, I found a little time for self improvement. Excellent Read. Highly recommend it.

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To my new favorite US beach spot… until next time.