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6 Days More

Hey friends. I've been in a bit of a dark place lately and that makes it hard to blog. In fact I've written 2 depressing and dramatic posts which I decided to sit on and see if they were still worth posting after the dust settled. They were not. So I apologize for the break BUT there will be yet another break coming up because in 6 days I'm headed to Peru! The Marathon Monster is in full effect and as part of my wishful thinking my running shoes are coming along from the ride. Regardless I will be getting some work in as we hike Macchu Picchu and I run around the Andes but how many people get to say they went for a run in Peru around ancient Native American ruins? I plan to be one of the few. Packing for South America is crazy by the way. Especially since it is now winter there, I don't speak Spanish or any dialect to be able to purchase what I forget, oh and because its South America! But I'm really excited about it today. There will be a lot to figure out and set…

A Proposal Story and an Introduction to The Marathon Monster

Who is up for a two-fer! We've got a two in one today because I've obviously been slacking on the blog front and apparently there's a lot to talk about. So let's get started shall we?

Part One: A Proposal Story

I hear it's customary in our society to blog about your proposal if you're a blogger who happens to get engaged. So as not to be ousted from the community here you go. The Colonel knows me pretty well so he didn't bother with a lot of pomp and circumstance. I'd always told him I didn't even want a proposal. No fancy dinner, down on one knee, heartfelt awkward speech or any event/activity that cost too much money, involved other people or embarrassed me. At least I'm not specific right? I'm not much of a romantic. I'm so glad that he didn't get caught up in what he thought he was supposed to do and just made it real. Two Saturdays ago I had been at work all morning and came home hot, hungry, tired and incredibly grumpy. The Colo…

Loving the I-P-A-D

Hey friends! Im joining you from my borrowed iPad this evening! There is a resident at work who gets to use one in dialysis and insists on calling it an I-p-a-d saying each letter instead of by its Apple approved name. It is adorable. Since I typically try to keep things positive here in the vile I haven't been blogging much because I haven't been feeling particularly positive. Aside from the engagement not many good things have been happening so since I had almost nothing nice to say I took the oath of silence. If you aren't a close friend of mine who has had to hear my cries you should thank me. In the interest of positivity, here are 10 positive things I can think of right now:

1. Today was my day off and it was spent almost entirely on the couch. 2. I have jobs to have occasional days off from. 3. I'm still engaged and my ring is still pretty. 4. I'm already within 7 pounds of my end of summer weight loss goal. 5. I have a meeting with my top wedding venue Satu…

Since You've Been Gone

I guess a more appropriate title would be "Since I've Been Gone" but that isn't the name of a song by the great Kelly Clarkson. Anyway, how's it going? If it makes you feel better, I've not only been neglecting you lately but also pretty much everything that is considered social including the reading of other blogs and my beloved triathlon message boards. Let's not make this a habit shall we?

So let's do a quick fill you in. Last week I started a new job working in dietary at a long term care/rehab facility. I like it a lot so far but part time has become 4-5 days per week instead of the more traditional 2-4. I'm sure I won't be complaining once the paycheck rolls in tomorrow but for now, I'm tired. I also managed to workout Monday through Friday last week along with my significantly more physical job so this week I was feeling the exertion hangover. Friday night my cousin came in from New York and was staying with my mom so that sucked up…

Salute The Colonel

Today marks 3 years for me and The Colonel except that's kind of a made up date because 6 months in, we couldn't remember the exact day we became a couple so we just thought June 3rd sounded good. We don't have a great "and that's how we met" story other than we were both Kentuckians who happened upon each other in Dallas. From the start I'd been trying to lose him but haven't quite been able to shake him yet. The salesman that he is, we're not sure if we actually like each other still or if he just keeps selling us both on the idea of liking each other. Either way it's been working so far.


I'm not terribly sappy or good with words (wrote the blogger) when it comes to this sort of stuff. But I would like to say Thank You and I'm Sorry to my dear Colonel for various things because when you spend a lot of time with someone, especially if you plan to continue spending more time with them, you've got to learn to repeat those two phras…

Bernheim Trail Marathon Recap

Wait, what?! Trail? Marathon?! Another year, another Bernheim Trail Marathon and this time I wasn't going to miss it! So, those who can't do, volunteer! I've done some informal trail running and have always really liked it but have never done a trail race. In my world, the easiest way to check something out is to do it or in race terms volunteer at it. The threat of severe storms made me reconsider heading out at 6 am but I knew rain is no bother to the true trail runners so if they were going to be there, so was I. Autumn went with me even though she doesn't like trail running or nature but she was a good sport and came along so I could check things out.

We got there late for various reasons but luckily the storms delayed things just a bit and we ended up not missing anything. We were assigned to aid station 5 with another woman at what we were told was mile 16 of the full marathon.


Trail marathons are the real deal. During road races I think it's safe to say the …