On Mother's Day we spent the morning at a local park running a Mother's Day 5k. Jason and I ran it at a leisurely pace, finishing at a nice and easy 35 min and Granny walked it finishing around 45 min! It was SO HUMID and it sucked all the energy out of us and we were dripping with sweat but it was fun none the less!
This week we snuck away to spend 3 days in our HAPPY PLACE, Miami. It was much needed. There was a lot of sun bathing, eating and drinking. Just what we needed. Our 5 year wedding anniversary is coming up FAST. Like, in a week and a 1/2 but we jumped at the chance for a little extra R&R time earlier in the month.
Some of our favorite places are The Sandwicherie (prosciutto and brie on croissant!), News Cafe (Cafe con leche), Clevelander/Palace Bars (cocktails!) and La Locanda ( order the Penne Dell’ Appennino || bad service/great food).
I missed a month or two there. Opps!
This month is going to be a circus. Fun, crazy, busy and PACKED! My goals for this month are mostly things I have already committed to or really want to cross off my list. Not sure how much time I will have to finish each of them, but I will try!
In May I will:
A | Run 2 5k's
B | Spend more time at the beach
C | Work on Rosetta Stone 3x a week.
D | RELAX and ENJOY our mini getaway to Miami in a week and a half!
E | Breath. A lot. :)
How about you? What are you focusing on this month?
There was horse show prep for my training horse, who did great in his 2nd show. A solid 60 in his first Training level test and winning with flying colors his two Intro level tests.
Jason has been gone a lot this month so there is a lot of snugglying happening when he is home for a day inbetween trips.
Moto has been having a blast swimming and fetching in the Bay during our short runs. Duke still has to stay home as he is not a 100% functioning correctly in his hind end.
I spent the 1st part of the week painting and painting and painting. It's almost finished. I cant reach the very top of the yellow wall. Jason will help fix that this weekend. Also, those mini blinds gotta go soon!
I'm upping my mileage on my runs and feeling great.
I've cut out all bread and sugars and am feeling much more like myself.
Jason leaves for Maryland tomorrow after being gone to TN for 2 weeks.
My little garden out back is doing well. My roses not so much.
I'm inspired to paint again after seeing this artist on Kate Spade. Love her style.
Baking cookies for great clients.
Counting the days till we make a short trip to Miami to celebrate our anniversary.
Signing up Jason, my Grandmother and I for a 5k on Mother's Day.
Working on getting project life up to date. AGAIN.
Wishing I could just pull the trigger and install bamboo floors in my rental house.
Making another wholesale order for my keychains!
Loving omelets for breakfast. Especially with sharp cheddar cheese + spinach.
Today we are finishing small errands and then headed to the beach. It's going to be a good day.
This past weekend Jason and I made the 600 mile drive to not only visit my parents for a day, but to run the Cooper River Bridge Run.
If you are unfamiliar with the Charleston Cooper River Bridge Run it's an awesome 10k event, held in Charleston, SC. It's the 3rd largest 10k in the US and host to 40,000 runners each year. Competetive runners from Kenya and beyond come to try for a chance to win the race.
I've talked about my history with running before. This year I have a lot of goals and running a 10k, more specifically THIS 10k was on my list. Why this 10k? Because I went college at the College of Charleston. I met my husband while working downtown Charleston. I lived there for 5 years. And I never ran the bridge. Running hadn't even occurred to me as a good idea back then!
Jason and I had plans to run it, while my Mom, Grandmother & my Mom's friend Gina had plans to walk the route (yes they have a separate section for walk/runners!). Our goal was to run the entire 6.2 miles in an 1:15 minutes.
We boarded the buses to take us to the start line at 5:45AM on Saturday! Yes, you read that right! It was an early morning. The weather was perfect, 49 as a low (which was the temp when we loaded on the buses) and finishing at around 60 as a high. Perfect running weather.
The start of the race was VERY organized. The people who put this together did a great job. It was well marked and everyone was separated into SEVERAL waves. We ended up in wave F. Each wave started in 3 min intervals. IT WAS COLD.
Shortly after 8AM we got underway. BTW, the guy who won ran the course in 28 minutes. Holy cow!
We started out VERY SLOW. Jason had been nursing some mild achilles tendinitis and with the help of a new brace and a heel lift we were in hopes that he would be able to run the entire route. We started off cautionary, letting all those silly people who sprint at the start pass us. We knew we would pass them in the end anyway.
The best part of the actual run were the bands they had lined up along the side of the route. Local bands playing out of the back of their trucks. The two guys playing the fiddles were amazing. Our favorites for sure.
The route was great. Along with the bands helping speed things along, before we knew it were had hit the 5k (or half way) mark. SWEET.
The bridge flew by in a breeze. Before we knew it, we were heading downhill into the home stretch. The course was awesome. Easy and straight forward to start and then a few turns at the end to keep you from seeing that finish line in the distance and taking forever to get there. We kicked up the pace considerably the last 2 miles.
The after party/recovery area in Marion Square was a MAD HOUSE and very unorganized, but it was all good in the end. We hoped a bus back to our cars and headed straight to our old haunt, The Kickin' Chicken for some well deserved lunch!
We had a great trip. The drive sucks, especially since I had to drive 3/4 of it because of J's ankle, but it was worth every penny! I am already ready to sign up for next years race! I think next year we will dress up in costume! (Lots of people in costumes!)
Today I went to the dentist is what I think is roughly 8-9 years. Yikes! I know. I am a creature of habit and that habit is "If I don't think about it, it will not actually exist." This gets me into a lot of trouble. I mean a lot of trouble. I working hard to change my ways. This is a START.
I fully expected the worst. I ended up with middle of the road, could be worse situation. It's not great to say the least. Including orthodontics I am looking at at least $12,000 worth of dental work that needs to be done, but I am ready. Not completely prepared, but ready to become prepared.
The agenda is for me to get all my work done this year, because we are in hopes of maybe starting a family next year and I do not want to be pregnant and dealing with this. Jason will go in for his major work to be done after I am sailing towards straight teeth and healthy gums.
The first cleaning was suppose to be pretty brutal but I didn't think it was all that horrible. My tech thinks I am super woman because I never complained or even flinched. Damn that pain tolerance I have. SO much so, that my next appointment is going to be taken care of in one swift spell instead of cut up into 2 or 3 sessions. SWEET.
This also means I need to get my butt in gear about insurance. double yikes!
Jason had Friday off but I worked the barn so he got a rare day at the house by himself.
Saturday was spent looking at flooring samples and running errands. We found a wonderful burger place in St. Pete called Chattaway's. Yum. That night we met up with a friend of mine to watch the Rowdies soccer game. It was beautiful weather. We lost by a point.
On Sunday we spent the morning laying on the beach (it was chilly/windy) and then we changed and parked and went for a 3.5 mile run to prep for the Cooper River Bridge run next weekend. We had planned to do more but Jason started showing signs of Achilles tendonitis so we walked most of the way back. Poor J. I got him home and made him ice it ASAP while watching the mornings Liverpool game. Arabella watched the game too.
Today I am uploading and finishing project life pages. Today I am cleaning out the spare bedroom closet and donating tons of stuff. Today I am planning a garage sale and a road trip.
Hello April. You arrived fast.
A few weeks ago I grabbed a copy of Liz Tamanaha's 10 Things 12 x 12 book template. I love Liz's minimalism and simplicity. LOVE. So I couldn't pass it up. Plus it was on sale at the time.
I spent a few hours (yikes, yes) going through 2012 photos, finding just the right ones. I tend to get overwhelmed when I make books like this and ALWAYS end up leaving something out. This time I left out a photo from when my parents visited in August. Sorry MOM!
I love how it turned out. I purchased the 8x8 size book. I simply re-sized the 12x12 template to 8x8 Easy!