Archive | November, 2010

Goodbye November!

30 Nov

Hasta la vista November!  You were a pretty good month, but I am looking forward to December!

Here are some of my favorite pictures!

Hello angry ocean!

I love this picture!  Especially since it was literally right outside our window!


Hello, Bacon Motor Inn!

Squinty eyes means stop taking my picture!

I hope your November was fabulous.  Now, December!

Thanksgiving!

29 Nov

I know, I’m a little late to be posting something about Thanksgiving.  I’m sure the leftovers are all gone and no one had too much to eat…

I spent my Thanksgiving back in Ohio.  It was wonderful!  Lots of time with the family and lots of eating.  It was great and I’m glad I am coming home again for Christmas.  It’s not that far away!

There are always tons of birds at my parent’s house.  I caught this guy!

Thanksgiving day was pretty rainy, as you can see from the gold finch, but not to worry there was plenty to do.  Like watching football…

And, oh yeah, making food…

Andrew made some delicious mac ‘n’ cheese this year!

Andrew's cutting the cheese...

Turkey and the fixin’s

Turkey prep

Yummy stuffing or dressing if you so prefer

Pretty much everyone gets a job on Thanksgiving.  Everybody did something, except for me, somehow…

Everybody working

The most delicious gravy you will ever taste!

The table pre chow down!

We went a little crazy with the side dishes this year.  There are only four of us eating on Thanksgiving, yet we had seven side dishes! Obviously we don’t know how to edit.  Altogether we had: turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry relish, brussels sprouts, sweet potato casserole, sauerkraut, mac ‘n’ cheese, and crescent rolls!  Plenty of food and believe me plenty of left overs!

Thanksgiving was scrumptuous!

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without some family shots!

Look at those handsome people!

I hope your Thanksgiving was as great as mine!  I’m excited to go back for Christmas!

Landed

25 Nov

Ok, so not quite like my friend Ben, but I have landed in Ohio!

I have to admit I was a little afraid of what the airports were going to be like.  All the horror stories they were showing on the news and all that.  I then realized that we do not have the big scary scanners in Norfolk.

I have been through one of these, for the life of me I can’t remember where, but it was no big deal.  Really.

The airport was pretty lackluster if you ask me.  No crazy people demanding that they get on a flight that has already left.  Or like when I flew out of Detroit, someone trying to smuggle in a full size container of Skippy peanut butter in their carry on.  Come on now really?

This was my ever so exciting view while waiting…

 

Look at all the people! Oh, wait…
The carpet is really that wavy, it’s not just because it’s a little blurry

Really, I have no problems with the Norfolk Airport.  But, can we get a different decor??

Well, my friends it is entirely too early in the morning for me to be writing this post.  Especially since I am supposed to be on vacation!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!!

Awesomeness

21 Nov

On this lovely Sunday morning.  I thought I’d share some awesomeness with you.  Enjoy…

39.3 – the finish line

19 Nov

Are you at the starting block?  I guess we really aren’t either.  There isn’t a starting block in half marathoning…

Ok, so we start the race!  And then wait until it’s our turn… We were pretty excited to start the race.  It was a “smaller” race, but there were still a lot of people.

Hello corrals 1-5!

We were at the back of the pack, just where we like to be!  I immediately saw someone with a shirt from a shoe store in Cincy.  I wanted to beat those people!  Crazy, right?  Mile 1 came pretty quickly.  Miles 1-2.5 are on Croatan Highway and very flat.  At this early time in the morning no one was out on the road, this was pretty cool.  This was not the case later in the race.  Around mile 2.5 we turned into a neighborhood and the sound.  Well, we didn’t walk into the sound but were right by it.  There were a lot of cool houses in this neighborhood and neighbors out saying, “Hey!” to all the runners and walkers. I found that all the locals and people visiting for this race were very friendly and motivating.  Thanks guys!

We came upon mile 3 in the neighborhood and then we got dumped back out on Croatan Highway on mile 4.  By this time more cars had made their way onto the highway and I gotta say, not a huge fan…

Jockey's Ridge!

As we were walking past Jockey’s Ridge I noticed that someone had made a huge sandcastle on the dune facing us, it was pretty cool.  I couldn’t get my camera out fast enough to take a picture so just use your imagination!

Mile 5, still alive, and turning into another neighborhood.  It is also at this point that Leanne tells me that she can feel blisters start to form on her feet!

Picture of the sound from inside the neighborhood. Wouldn't that be an awesome backyard to have?

Also around mile five or so (at a porto potty) we finally pass the aforementioned couple for Cincy!  Sorry Cincy, but you were our people to beat!  Miles 5 through 6.5 wind through this private neighborhood.  It looked very well manicured and islandy.  One thing I’m sure the people in the neighborhood appreciated were all the lovely porto potty’s.  Some people didn’t want to wait in line and instead watered the ornamental grasses in the median, classy.  We slow down our pace, to try to lessen the pain of the blisters while in the neighborhood.

Miles 7 – 8 are back on the highway.  Leanne is really hurting now!  There are a lot of aid stations along the route, but did we stop?  Hells no!  Are we that stubborn?  Hells yes!  The highway is really busy now.  It kind of stunk (literally) because of all the cars.  The exhaust was really distracting.  So was how slow the traffic was going.  We were basically pacing cars instead of people.  Leanne starts to kind of hum/sing during this part of the race.  We also start to quote our favorite snippets of TV shows.  On constant replay during this race were, “I don’t like ghosts.  They scare me.  They’re spooky.”  From SNL when Christopher Walken had his “kids” on the show.

Another gem is also SNL when they are spoofing Dateline NBC.  I couldn’t get the video to post, but it’s “horrifying!”

People ask what we talk about on these half marathon’s and the answer is, nothing that is really all that awe-inspiring or groundbreaking.  We usually quote moves, TV shows and other things that we’ve heard in day-to-day life.  So, nothing all that exciting, but whatever can keep us motivated to keep going!

Mile 8 we saw this sign.

Not funny... It says, "Marathoners only 27,456 ft to go. Wow.

I think it was supposed to be motivating, but by this point everything seems like a cruel joke.  Pain and soreness start to set in and you aren’t feeling so chipper and fresh anymore.  We can pretty much see the island of Manteo, which is also like a cruel joke.  You can see it, but you aren’t there, yet.

Mile 9 greets you with this lovely image…

Oh yeah, we’re going up that.  The only hill and they put it at mile 9.5.  Thanks!  While walking along the highway a biker (bicyclist not Harley) rides by and announces that the 1st place marathoner is on his way and to get off to the right!

Super/extremely fast runner!

Yeah, no one was going to catch him.

That hill kept getting closer and closer and my dread kept getting deeper and deeper.  It’s not like we were going to turn around and not do; because how silly would that be?  Up the bridge we go.  Big long strides, keep your head up!  And so we do.  At the very top of the bridge is mile 10 and a camera man.  What the what?!  Who puts a camera man at the top of the bridge?  Everyone, I’m sure, looked awesome.  Hair pulled back just so, look of determination in their eyes…  Oh, no wait, that’s at mile 1.

Mile 11 was kind of quiet.  By this time there was a big gap between us and the people behind us, with only some people in front of us.  Now don’t read this thinking we were really ahead in the race.  That’s not it.  It was just that there was another big gap in front of us with stragglers in between.  This was kind of a dead zone.  Not a whole lot of “fans”, not a whole lot of runners, just kind of quiet, not unless you count the never ending line of cars off to your left.

Mile 11 and some yards you turn into Manteo.  Welcome back to civilization, not that you left, but more people are here.  Mile 12 is in Manteo and it’s around this point while Leanne is hum/singing that out of nowhere she says, “Boom! Cymbal crash!”  This may not sound uber hilarious to you, but at that point in the race, I died.  Really, I did.  If people were really paying attention to us at that point they would have thought I’d (we’d) lost our minds and maybe we had.

In Manteo there were more people walking on the sidewalks and keeping people going.  Including some half marathoners who had already finished.  One cool thing about our number bibs is that they had our names on them.  With your name being on your bib people are more apt to say things to you instead of, “Hey, you can do it!”  it’s, “Hey Emily, you can do it!”  Believe it or not the name helps.

Mile 13!  HALLELUJAH!   By this point I don’t really know how Leanne is doing as great as she is.  I would have thrown in the towel long ago.  Mad, mad props to my BFF (;)) for finishing 13.1 miles with blisters on her feet almost the entire time.

View the sound from the Manteo side

At mile 13, even more people were gathered.  Even more people were screaming our names telling us we could make it.  If I could give an award for most supportive and engaged crowd, it would be the crowd in Manteo village.  Seriously, they were awesome.  Seriously.

We can see the finish line, we speed up, more yells of encouragement, and finally and with great exuberance we cross mile 13.1!

Right after you cross the finish there are volunteers handing out water, blankets, and medals.  There were also some banana’s but I don’t know what happened to them because they were pretty nasty.

One of the highlights was that you could take your picture with a pirate.  So take a picture with a pirate we did.  Aarghsome!

We gimped along the village to see what else there was to offer and decided to make our way back to the car.  We just didn’t feel like waiting in any of the long lines for beer and other freebies.

Another shuttle took us back to our car and we got all situated to drive back to “The Beach.”

Overall, I liked this half marathon.  We finished in 3:20, which is pretty awesome considering 1/2 of us were walking with blisters on both feet.  And speaking of those blisters…

 

Ouch! That’s all I gotta say!

 

That, my friends, is why Leanne is awesome and you are not.  I don’t know I’m sure you’re pretty awesome too, but come on!  13.1 with blisters on both feet…

Outer Banks, we may back.  Hopefully for vacation, maybe for another half marathon.

Three down, only forty-seven to go.  Where should we venture to next?

39.3 Part 2

17 Nov

Where did we leave off…?  Oh yeah, Saturday evening…

Well, Saturday evening started off well enough.  We went back to The Black Pelican to watch football and eat some more of those lovely oysters, good times.  We then decided to leave The Black Pelican and go to another restaurant for pasta.  Because it’s important to carbo load the day before any type of marathon.  Fatal mistake!

We traveled the 2 or so miles to the other restaurant and went inside; it was packed.  Good sign, right?  Not so much.  We waited, and waited, and waited, and waited some more.  I felt like I was slowly withering away into nothingness, my brain becoming a pile of goo.  Ok, so maybe a little over dramatic, but whatever.  We did eventually get seated, but that was followed by more waiting.  I don’t want to give away how awesome the service or food was, because Leanne is going to post that.  Let’s just say we went to the hotel and ate more food.  Not good eats.

 

No, Alton, just no. You'd be so disappointed.

Saturday night we went to bed relatively early since we had to be up before the sun on Sunday, no really.

We got up at 4 on Sunday and all I wanted to do was turn over and go back to sleep.  I didn’t, obviously.  Got all of our gear on, I forgot to take a picture.  You’ll have to cut me some slack, it was darn early!  I checked out of the hotel and made our way to the finish of the half marathon.  The marathon and half marathon did not go in a circle.  Either you had to drive to the finish and take a shuttle to the beginning or start and the beginning and get a shuttle at the finish to the beginning again.  We chose parking at the finish and being shuttled to the beginning.  This was a very wise choice because the shuttles at the end to the beginning were taking an hour or so to get back.

We got to the finish around 5:15 or so and found parking  and meandered over to the shuttle buses.

 

Nice warm bus!

We sat all the way in the back and were bordered by complaining moms and a little boy and his dad.  The dad was running, the little boy was just there for moral support.  Man did that kid have a ton of questions!  I think he talked from the time we got on the bus until we got off…craziness.

We got to the start around 6 and found are corral!

 

The last corral, no really!

We waited around, people watched, I found this awesome hotel…

 

Yeah Bacon Motor Inn!

Waited some more, went to the bathroom…the usual.  Then, it was finally time to start the race.  I can’t remember if a gun went off or if we just kind of started, regardless, we had to wait until they got to us.

And now, you will have to wait, until tomorrow for the half marathon journey!

 

On a side note…

I got a picture today saying that I was, “the best teacher in the world!”  My cooperating teacher got a picture saying, “you are the brightest star in the sky!”  Too cute!

 

39.3 Part 1

16 Nov

What does that number mean?  That number means that we’ve finished our third marathon!  Woohoo!  Three down, only forty-seven more to go…

So what did we do last weekend?  Well, I’ll tell you!

Friday

Friday we left after I got off of work, which was pretty early since it was Veteran’s Day weekend.  Driving to the Outer Banks only takes about an hour and half, which is, let’s face it, pretty dang awesome!  We got into OBX around 6 or so.  It was kind of different because by the time we got there it was already dark.  Another anomaly was that OBX had been experiencing flooding and super high tides.  As I was driving down the road I had to dodge huge puddles that covered both lanes of the highway and sand drifts.    We got a little worried that this would affect the marathon on Sunday, but we were assured (by the local weatherman) that all would be well by 7 AM on Sunday.  But I digress…  We checked in and I instantly went to the balcony to look outside at the beach.  Surprise!  The ocean was right under our window.

 

Hello angry ocean!

It was kind of creepy to see the ocean that close.  Usually it’s waaaay back there, but not this weekend.

After standing in awe of the ocean it was grubbin’ time.  We decided on The Black Pelican and were not disappointed.  Leanne will write more about our restaurants, hotel and the like in her later post, but I just want to state that I really liked The Black Pelican.  One of the highlights were the oysters!  The were amazingly delicious.  I am not a big oyster person, at all, but they are in season and when at the beach…

How's that for deliciousness?! Pretty darn tasty!

Friday night ended with a grocery shopping trip to get the necessities for Sunday; bagels, peanut butter, and banana’s.  Also, some unecessities were consumed; mainly in the form of red wine.

On to …Saturday!

Up bright and early, no really!  Our clock had was not in “falling back” mode, so we were up an hour earlier than we really intended.  No mater, we got to the best places on the Banks to get donuts.  Where you ask? DUCK DONUTS!!  Oh sweet, hot, buttery goodness!  The lady there was a little overwhelmed with the onslaught of people that were there before 8.  See the thing is that they make the donuts fresh to order, really they do, which when only one person is working can lead to backups.  However, we got our donuts and were soon back at the hotel, sitting on our balcony drinking very hot coffee and eating delectable donuts.

Yes Homer, exactly

The rest of the day Saturday was filled with picking up packet information and trying to figure out where to watch football games.  We tried to go to a Christmas holiday craft show, but it didn’t quite work out.  First, I got us lost.  Then, I found the place and it was in a very tiny Community Center at the back of the Fire Station.  I pulled into the parking lot thinking maybe it’d get more exciting once I got all the way to the back…mmmm, not so much.  If we would have went in, there would have been a grand total of 10 people at the craft show.  No thanks, I really don’t like to be the only one looking at what people are selling.  Inevitably, I’ll feel guilty and buy something that I don’t really want or need just so that the little old lady will stop boring holes into my forehead.

This is part of my synopsis of our weekend.  I going to stop and break the weekend in half.  After the craft show the evening got…interesting, you’ll see.

Thank y’all for reading, really.  It makes me happy to check the stats and see that people are reading.  Keep reading and leave a comment or two.  I promise I’ll reply!

Weekend update!

15 Nov

A quick post!

This past Sunday Leanne and I walked the Outer Banks Half Marathon.  It was a goregous day on Sunday and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.  I took a bunch of pictures with my new camera that, I think, turned out pretty well.  I will post them tomorrow, hopefully.

The exciting part is that we finished in 3 hours and 20 mins.  Not too shabby!  I am very impressed with us and think that we deserve many accolades and pats on the back! ;)

As of right now I am sore and very tired.  I went to bed at 9 yesterday!  How’s that for sleepy!?  I will be going to bed within the next 6 mins. tonight.

Keep checking back for a post from Leanne.  She says she’s going to do it!  And a post with pictures and more info on our weekend in the Outer Banks.

Hope you all had a happy Monday!

Walk, walk, walkin’ away

12 Nov

The day is finally here!  We leave for the OBX in no time at all.  Leanne and I are doing the Outer Banks Half Marathon on Sunday.  The hotel just made us stay for more than one day; so we are leaving today!

This will give me my first opportunity to use my new camera.

Hello new friend! I look forward to using you. Wait, that came out wrong...

I tested it on one of our walks this week and it’s  shnazzy and even when I was walking the pictures were pretty darn stable. Exciting!

We’ll roll into OBX today a little after dinner time.  Don’t know if we’ll get our packet and swag tonight or go tomorrow…  Saturday we pretty much have the entire day to do whatever we want.  Sightsee, sunbathe, frolic in the ocean waves.  You know the usual November stuff.  Sunday we are up bright and early to walk the half marathon!
How are you spending your weekend?

What’s that you say?

8 Nov

What’s up slacker?  That’d be me.  I really have been doing stuff, I just haven’t been writing about it.  This past week was get last bit of training in, yoga, and Pilates.  This upcoming week is a taper week.  That means taking it easy and not getting your legs overworked. 

On Sunday, we watched the New York City Marathon.  It was pretty cool.  I have never done a full marathon, but I can feel their pain.  I know how I feel after 13.1 miles and can’t really imagine going for another 13.1.  It killed me that the commentators kept saying how slow they were going running a 5 min mile.  Geez those slackers! 

Anywho

This weekend Leanne and I are doing the Outer Banks Half Marathon

 I’m pretty excited about it.  As I know I have mentioned before.  I love the Outer Banks!  I am really looking forward to being able to spend a couple days in the Outer Banks; even if it’s not quite swim suit weather.  To plan for this half marathon, Leanne and I are going to do a couple of little walks, just to keep loose.   But, pretty much we are going to chill and keep it easy. 

One of my favorite parts of training for half marathons is the carbo loading the day before! 

This is how Bond carbo loads. I think I'll go a different route.

So, on that note…  Anyone have suggestions for where to eat in OBX.  I have a few places in mind but am always open to new places. 

Leave a comment on where we should eat.  Really!  I know you all are out there ;)

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