Thursday, May 28, 2009

Door love...

Oh, how I hate you door.

This is my new love now. Look how sexy.

Clear as Glass

This week has been CRAZY busy with the house. The time had finally come to replace the horrible, rotting, might as well just hand Nimo your paycheck, windows.

We contracted Pace Windows and they did an awesome job. The crews that came in were great and clearly knew what the hell they were doing. They were the type of guys that cared about what they were doing and treated our house like it was their own. So to Jim, Jeff, Andrew and Stacey....THANK YOU!!! You rock!

The first project they tackled was the monster front window. Here is a front view and inside view.
This thing just SUCKED our wallets for eight years. We were so happy to see it go. And here is a little photo montage of how they got this beast out.

And here is the HUGE HOLE IN MY HOUSE! I was waiting for a bird to fly right in at any moment.

I *heart* our new window. Isn't it lovely!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Summer Treats

The weather is starting to warm up and it is time to break out the summer cocktails. What a better weekend to do that than the official summer kickoff weekend, Memorial Day.

It is also Rhubarb season. Which made me think. Is there a way to combine the two? Yes. A delicious yes. It is called Rhubarb Cosmopolitan. You make a simple syrup with Rhubarb. The result is a a tart, lip smacking and makes you want to do a happy dance. I, heart, Rhubarb.

The other one intrigued me the minute I read that it was a combination of two of my favorite drinks: The Mojito and Gin & Tonic. Say what?! You heard me. It is brilliant!! It is tall, cool and oh so sweet. It is call The Kimmy. The mint simple syrup makes it. On a sweltering day, it is going to be a wonderful refreshing treat.

Since I've decided to try right after another...they do hold a punch. But I am a lightweight.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Week #2

Coming up on finishing week #2 of training. Someone please tell me why I signed up for this?

Ran Saturday, 7 miles. Sunday, off because Jesus said so. Monday, 4 miles; Tuesday, 6 miles; Wednesday, 3 miles; today, wishing for injury.

I am supposed to run today. But the voices in my head are putting up great arguments of why I should just stay home tonight and be the blob I so desperately want to be.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Week one of training and I managed to get in 4 days of runs: Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Today started (obviously) week number two and I am going to shoot to get in at least 5 days: Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. I don't promise anything.

Today I ran 7 miles, showered, had breakfast, went to the farmer market and was down for a nap by 11:30 a.m. It is the only good thing about getting up at the crack ass of dawn.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Oooops...I did it again

I did it again. I signed up for the 16 week -1st marathon training with Kevin Collins. As if the 1st training was painful enough. When I arrived at the parking lot I quickly handed over the check and told them to take it quickly before I changed my mind.

For the past 2-weeks I was going back and forth if I wanted to do this at all. Do I want to get up at 5 a.m. on Saturday to get out to run at 7 a.m. for the group long run? Do I want to get out during the week to get in the maintenance runs? Do I want to run hard runs to near vomiting? The answer is no. But my excuses didn't hold water to the bigger picture of why I should do this: Motivation to keep running, stronger body and mind, teaching me discipline, the beauty of running with the sunrise, accomplishing something more than just a marathon.

On my drive out to the trail I saw beautiful deer and a group of wild turkey's. The run along the Erie Canal was really pretty early in the a.m. with the sun just waking up and glistening off the water. It was humid and I made the mistake of wearing a long sleeved tech shirt. By the end of our hour long run I was dying! Won't do that again. Have to remember the, treat it like it is 20 degrees warmer rule of running.

This is the beginning towards my first marathon. Just going to take it one run at a time.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Race Report - Lehigh Valley Half Marathon

Completed my 3rd half marathon this weekend. It may not have been my fastest, but it was a good run. For the first time in a long time I actually "enjoyed" running. Meaning, it wasn't like the running gods were sucking the life out of my very being (just for writing that I will pay).

There were four of us with two being their first half. I can't even tell you how proud we are of Mary and Tori. They both had an amazing race. Mary just started running LAST YEAR with a 5k. Now she has finished her first half in under 2 hours. Tori is just a natural. She finished around 1:50 (holy shit)! Trac did great too and got her PR of 2:22. I am so proud of her. She had a really tough past 3 weeks with being injured and sick. To come back from that with a PR is an awesome accomplishment.

The weather wasn't fabalous at Lehigh. A high of 55 degrees, overcast, but very humid (95% to be exact). Needless to say we were drenched with sweat by mile two! Then around mile 7 it started raining, but not a hard rain. More of mist. It felt good, but you could feel the chill start to set in the bones. At the finish it was more like regular rain and it was cold. We decided to get the hell out of there and back to the hotel for a soak in the hot tub.

A few things happened at the race that was a little nerve wracking. One was that I rolled my ankle at the start. There was a manhole cover that was just slightly sunken into the ground. Well...I manged to step on that bastard just right and almost did a face plant on the pavement. It hurt like a motherfuc*** for a few minutes, but I ran it out and it was fine. A little achy right now, but I have always been lucky to have strong ankles. It is all thanks to yoga! Warrior 3 and Tree are two excellent poses to strength those ankles.

Second thing was around mile 8 my ipod shuffle tanked. Batteries toast. For just a moment I started having flashbacks to P.F. Chang!! It was a good kick in the ass of a reminder to CHARGE everything before the race.

Overall, the race was great. Maybe. Just maybe. Once in awhile it is worth it to just run, not race. Give yourself a chance to take things in, see the course, the people and give yourself the freedom of not giving a shit about time. Just run.