I mean Carmen Sandiego. I didn’t see her here.
I mean Carmen Sandiego. I didn’t see her here.
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!
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!
Instead of our usual lasagna dinner, we met up with my cousin and 2nd cousin who would be running the race with Team Triumph!
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.
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!
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.
The weather couldn’t keep T-Rex away! I needed a picture with this guy!
Mom was not happy with the drizzling rain. Nobody puts Mama in a hood.
It was chilly but 5K bag people? Must of been their 1st rodeo.
During the last mile Mama had her fill. She was ready to bail. Don’t JUMP!!
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.
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!
As we walk back to our tent, we spy a massage area. Yes please!
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!
Last year, Herbie decided to make Easter all about him. Dick move, and I let him know I felt that way. This year, we were celebrating! When you invite the hostess with the most-est to your place for Easter lunch, you must have a suitable center piece. This was my attempt!
Fresh flowers adorned with Peeps and jelly beans. Mannie even got into the spirit…
Let’s eat some ham!
After a full tummy of ham, potatoes, deviled eggs, baked beans, rolls, cake… we needed to walk it off. Mom was impressed with the flowering trees in the community. Sounds like an old person thing but I will admit, these were pretty cool.
When we bought the ham, we had few to choose from. 12-15 pounds each! It’s only 5 of us. So we have leftovers for days. What to do? Make ham sandwiches!
I’ve eaten ham 3 days in a row! I’m done with it, send me your shipping address. And don’t tell CS.
When you want to take your parents on vacation, but only kinda…
You put them in their own condo on the other side of the building! Just kidding, we love traveling with them!
Back to Gulf Shores we go!
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.
Most days looked like this…
We hit all our favorite spots again. We had some newcomers to initiate. First stop, I needed to see my furry friends!
Look at her hands! So tiny and gentle.
Mom loved it.
And they loved her, Lemur attack!
That’s pure joy in her face! CS managed to stay lemur-pee-free this time.
The newbies were a bit timid, but they said they would do it again!
Ft Morgan is another tourist attraction we had to hit. Everyone set off to explore.
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…
Let’s see the practice!
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?!
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.
Bye beech! You’ll be missed.
I can’t get this…
Or this in my own city.
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.
B upgraded the girls annual passes to Copper this year. CS and I love Copper so we were excited.
With all 3 Fuller girls on skis this year, we maximized the 6 seater chair.
I even packed a selfie stick to get some group shots.
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.
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.
Syd was our navigator with Reagan at her side. They lead us down the slopes all day long!
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.
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.
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.
We spent a day walking around Leadville. Repeat, yes they have snow. Up to the roof!
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.
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.
I got a few likes, but not my break through moment. Try #1 got a better response. Until next time, see ya Rockies!
Mom and I ditched the boys for a girls night out at the FWMoA annual gala. As usual, our dresses matched the theme of black and gold.
Not usual, Mom was off the hook for running the event. We were able to relax, mingle, and enjoy the evening. Another not usual was that I enjoyed the first course meal, a delicable salad.
It still came with a cold crab bisque soup that one of my tablemates gladly helped themselves to seconds.
The room looked spectacular again using very simple decor.
Every year they have the Fill The Frame open donation period during the live auction. Besides bidding on a few silent auction items that catch my eye, I always give $100 to FTF. It’s for charity! This year they had a new fundraiser. 100 Gold boxes priced at $100 each. As we are sitting there waiting for the program to begin, the emcee announced only 6 boxes were left, “Buy a box and get a chance to win a $3,000 necklace.” I didn’t even know what the necklace was. I just looked at Mom and said, “If I’m going to give a $100 anyway, why not take a shot?” I went over to the where they were selling them. Which one do I pick? To justify my pick, I chose the box closest to the necklace.
I returned to the table and began eating and chatting. When the time came they said unwrap your box to reveal your number then announced, “The winning number is 15!” I look down, that’s my number!!!
A beautiful Tahitian pearl with 22 round and baguette diamonds. Me likey! Me lucky!
I love friends with similar interests! K planned a Mom & Daughter day for us. On the agenda, theatre production of The Sound of Music. I’ve never seen the movie but I always think of Ricola when I hear the title. Count Momma & I in! There was a photo opt spot in the lobby, so the family in front of us offered to swap cameraman duties with us. The lady taking the picture was having trouble. She kept saying, “This box thing is popping up?!” So as I walk over to help, she moves my assisted touch dot and got the camera working!
Sadly K’s momma couldn’t make it with the weather, so Spawn invited a stand in who fit in perfectly!
Before the show started, I shared a Tweet – I’m trying to keep up with technology or as the kids call it, social media. At intermission, I got this from the lead actor!
Mr. Ben Davis, an Indianapolis raised artist! Love seeing these guys come back and entertain in the city that molded them. First, Josh Kaufman. Now Ben. I might look into shows a different way now. Support local! Great show!
It was my month to pick for GDC. I figured I’d double dip and choose a locally owned eatery where a friend worked. Except, he was on vacation in Mexico. Where’s my server!?
Regardless, what was once a RSVP of 4 turned into 8 overnight. Welcome to The Italian House on Park.
I treated the girls to an app of Fried Ravioloi, it was hit! All of our food was served hot and delicious. 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this place if you live near Westfield. It wasn’t even a far drive for me.
With all the traveling over the holidays, I put up the tree before Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, presents started showing up!
I couldn’t talk CS into opening any early, so K and I celebrated early instead! I wanna open presents! We are such good gift givers.
Headed to the Fort this year with 2 of my favorite people to celebrate with my 2 more of my favorite people. Mom and Dad went all out with the Chrismats lights this year…
Just kidding! This is a house across the neighborhood from them. Calling Clark Griswold! Speaking of kidding, Mom got me this as a gift?!
I kept staring at it going “NO. No way.” I read it all and still was like no. Once you start to open the box it says “Gag Gift!” on the sides. Phew. The real gift inside was the wildly popular new game Speak Out.
Everyone but Dad was on board to play. The giggling takes over during the game and you have to pull it together. It was a lot of fun. Puzzles are still a favorite of mine. This one combined 2 into 1. But then once I did the Sudoku, the puzzle was done. I felt bad throwing it away.
A bit harder was my 1000 piece Shoe puzzle!
6 combined hours over 2 tries. It was a bit of a headache, but I got it done! Only 4 more puzzles to go. I always buy myself a present and this little guy caught my eye. After a long debate, his name is Bungina. I don’t know where I am hanging him yet but I say hello to him every morning!
Take me back!
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!
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.
K found this man more appealing. At 10 pm, it was half price tequila shots. Twist our arms.
This vaca was all about good food, great drinks, and sand.
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…
Just kidding. That’s Steve Spielberg’s boat. Our boat was more this style…
But it came with a tree. I’m not the only one who puts Christmas trees near water.
The yachts and homes on this waterway were unbelievable and massive. Like stuff you see on TV.
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. $$$$$.
Our farewell toast to the beach. Who needs stemware and flip-flops?!