Monday, November 22, 2010
This race was held in Richmond and I took my first American train down to Richmond. I really enjoyed it and it was very relaxing! If I had driven down I would have had a severe case of road rage and would really be hating life. I met up with my dad (my running partner) and ate dinner before the race. He wouldn't let me have the beer I wanted to go with my pizza (beer has carbs too!). Saturday morning we were up at the crack of dawn to wait outside for 30 minutes in 30 degree weather...not fun! The race started off really well. This could have something to do with the fact that we snuck up to the 1st corral..such a lifesaver when you don't spend half of your energy sprinting and dodging back and forth around other people. It got to be about 60 degrees by the end of the race and even though I could see my breath coming out of my mouth I was sweating bullets and contimplated on running in just my sports bra. Hello Richmond! I'm half naked in December! I can say for a fact that I will never be running in Richmond again...too many hills! Jesus! Every time I'd run around the corner there seemed to be another fucking one. Not something that you want to see when you are running for 13 miles. My calves BURNED and were not happy. BUT the great thing is that I finished with my best time yet! 2:13...3 minutes faster than my best time. Imagine what it would have been if there weren't any hills. Let's see how fast I can get the next one...yes, I am already signed up for another one (refer again to how I hate running...). My goal is to one day finish in under 2 hours. 1:59 would be fine with me!
During the course of 13.1 miles, I saw a barefoot runner, I almost got hit by a car (damn crazy minivan drivers), saw 26 signs (A is for Awesome, etc.) and a few other memeorable signs:
- Stop reading this sign and run.
- Smile, you're getting laid tonight.
- Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.
- Run like a cheetah.
- Beer is this way.
Guess its time to start training for the next one...
Friday, November 19, 2010
I do, however, miss being really close distance wise to a group of lovely females who were always down to go to the bar and drink for happy hour. We were also at the same point in life pretty much and had a lot of things in common. Up here, all of my friends are dispersed and it takes a while for anyone to get anywhere and everyone is so busy (as am I) that its hard to get people together and everyone is pretty much in different stages of their lives. Not that I'm complaining, I'm happy for them. It's just different. Oh well.So, in the past year, I have...
-written 94 posts.
-been viewed 2224 times.
-went global thanks to an innocent post I wrote about the guy from 52 Burrito Dates.
-been viewed in 13 countries:
- United Kingdom
- Malaysia (really!??!?!)
- Ecuador (really!??!?!)
- Lithuania (really!??!?!)
- China (really!??!?!)
- Slovenia (really!??!?!)
Whoa its been a crazy and exciting year! Stay tuned for what great adventures are in store for the next year!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Yeah, yeah, yeah I know I'm about a week late one this one...don't shoot me! Life has just been so busy and I've been so tired that it totally slipped my mind to post! And I also find it really odd that we never posed as a group of bridesmaids/bride (besides the professional ones) at the church or reception. Oh well! I can't wait to see the professional pictures!
Mikey and the girls...He likes it, he likes it! (A Life cereal commerical refrence!)
Always love a good black and white photo
On the party bus...yes, I said party bus! We took a party bus from the church to the reception. Def the way to go!
YUMMY CAKE! I think the cake is one of the best parts of any wedding!
Erika and I getting down.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Happy Veterans Day to all of those who have served our mighty country, past and present. I come from a military based family, so days like this have extra meaning to me. Sadly, I think most Americans do not understand this holiday and just see it as a day off work or school. This is a travesty and should be fixed.
I'd like to give a special thanks to all those veterans I know:
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Happy Guy Fawkes Day! Hannah and I met up with Lora the second time (a Phi Mu that lives in London and is married to a British bloke) to partake on a British tradition of celebrating Guy Fawkes Day. We met Dana, a Phi Mu from Lora's chapter, and made the trek up to North London to a huge park to watch the fireworks. It was super cold as you can tell :)
Funny story, I randomly found Lora through myspace...true story! There was a Phi Mu group page on myspace and I posted a question wondering if anyone knew of any Phi Mus in London because I was going to be living there. Another random Phi Mu posted that she knew her sister Lora was living over there...and history was made :) Lora was our psuedo mom while we were living there. Even though she was our age she seemed to have her act together a lot more than us! Her and her husband had a cute little flat in Finsbury Park and she would cook us yummy American food when we got home sick. Thank you Lora, we will forever be in your debt!
Anyways, a little history on Guy Fawkes Night:
This is an annual celebration held on the evening of 5 November to mark the failure of the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605, in which a number of Catholic conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to destroy the House of Parliament in London. The occasion is primarily celebrated in Great Britain where, by an Act of Parliament called The Thanksgiving Act, it was compulsory until 1859, to celebrate the deliverance of the King of England, Scotland, and Ireland. It is also celebrated in some former British colonies including New Zealand, Newfoundland, South Africa, parts of the Caribbean and the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. Bonfire Night was celebrated in Australia until the mid-to-late 1970s, when sale and public use of fireworks was made illegal and the celebration was effectively abolished. Festivities are centred on the use of fireworks and the lighting of bonfires.
Remember, remember the Fifth of NovemberThe Gunpowder Treason and PlotI know of no reasonWhy the Gunpowder TreasonShould ever be forgot
Monday, November 1, 2010
Wow, this campus looks NOTHING like when I attended university!
Look what we found!