Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
While we don't get much rain here, we don't see too many rainbows either. I miss Losuisiana's rain stroms that bring in the most beautiful rainbows.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I borrowed my brother's computer recently and had to burn some great pics of his East Asia adventures. I look forward to sharing some over time...
I hope you notice the parent monkey pulling on the little guy's tail as he climbs up the wall. Or the little minature monkey sitting on the step. Or the two to the left of Harold holding hands. And the family of 5 all cuddeling close. I love monkeys so much! They are amazing!
Monday, April 19, 2010
But I really had no interest in training without Andrew. We fully embrace have different interests, however, I work so much and we are apart enough with my work, that I didn't want to get home from work and then be off for my distance training alone. I still don't know if Andrew was just being supportive or if he had an inkling to do it as well; but we did it together. It was such a good feeling to set a goal and work towards it together. I actually thought about that correlation a lot while I was running-- that same pattern is a lot like marriage.
There was a stretch in the race that was hard, no doubt. But I thought overall, the race was the easy part. I will attribute the mental toughness from bball for that. The long Saturday runs or late night runs after work were the mundane and exhausting part I thought.
The most we had ever ran before last weekend was 11 miles. The last few were tricky for sure. I had never run in a race before so I did a poor job pacing myself. I don't know what 'my pace' is so I ran too fast for my own strength in the start and was practically walking (but not quite) in the end. Plus, I didn't take all the people passing me so well at the start either and was trying to keep up.
I barely missed breaking the 2 hour mark. I was right at 2 hours 1 minute, pacing a 9.15 minute mile.
Before the race.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Living in Monroe, I went the same route to church and school for many years. I remember at this particular house, these two young brothers woudl play basketball and shoot around all the time. At one point the younger brother could hardly chuck it up to the goal. And over the years it was neat to see them get bigger and play some one on one. They were in their driveway a lot playing around. I saw this growth just from driving by. It was awesome. As it does for most, it fizzled a bit with time. When I go home I never see them out there playing. Their goal is collecting some pollen as ours did in due time. I assume their time out there playing around makes up a bigger part of their life today than they might realilze. I know it did for me.
This is the only graffiti shot I have. I took in a few weeks ago in Denver.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Going to Minneapolis without visiting a Target is like going to Paris without walking in a Chanel. Okay, maybe a little different . But when all the magic happens at their headquarters in the area, I felt the need to pay my respects. I’m glad I did.
I’m crazy about the Liberty of London florals. You might recognize the actual Liberty of London department store as seen below. Well although the fabric makeup is different in our Target, the florals are now outsourced to us. Lovely! I just love them! The product line is so vast too. You have to hunt a bit in Target to find them because they are spread throughout the various departments, but when you come across them, you will know. The colors and patterns are so distinct. As you will see online, most everything is sold out. The stores are sparse on product now too. I can’t wait to see what comes of this. Check out the Liberty of London online at Target here.
I learned something new this last week too--no sales tax on clothes in Minnesota. Hence, the Mall of America. I thought that was interesting. So next time you make your big purchase, call it in to a store there and have them ship it. Just a thought but a bit extreme...