Eek! I can't believe in a few hours I will be leaving for Galveston! I know I've been training for this race since the end of August, but how is it here already? I want to thank you all for not only putting up with my crazy running nerves, but for all of the supportive comments and emails - it really means a lot to me, and has helped to keep me calm. Fran even sent me a card from Holland with a cute puppy on it - how did she know I would like that? And Helen has been virtually holding my hand for months now...I feel like when I cross the finish line, the medal will belong to her almost as much as me. So when she comes to Texas for a visit, I'll even let her try it on!
I sure hope this dog is correct!
Some of my running club peeps will be running the half, and we are meeting up for a pasta dinner tonight - I love being part of such a fun group like this! And I really can't wait for the race tomorrow - I've trained, I feel good, and, thanks to my spill in Maui, I know that I can even fall down and bounce back up and finish the race!
Speaking of comments, I keep meaning to say thank you for the funny comments on that falling-down post. You guys crack me up! Thank you also for the sweet words on my 100-pound anniversary post. November is turning out to be quite the momentous month for me!
You may have noticed that I have two ads on my blog now. I have been approached by advertisers quite often in the past and was not very interested, but finally decided to give it a try with these two. If you haven't noticed them, that's ok, too - I didn't want the ads to be distracting or annoying, so they are just links. My intention was to use the money to help pay for my race entry fees - the cost for half marathons is quite a bit more than 5Ks, and this would have helped a lot. Unfortunately, our dumb fridge died, so you can guess where that money ended up going. But hey - at least I was able to contribute! I may accept a couple more, provided the product is in line with the spirit of my blog. For the current two, I figured shopping and working out fit right in, lol!
I know I can't be the only one, but seriously, how is it Thanksgiving next week? And more importantly, how am I going to make it happen? Geez, that sure snuck up on me. Apparently the vacation, new job and half marathon distracted me. Don't even get me started about Christmas...this early-shopper is in trouble!
Does anyone watch Modern Family? I love that show. And I'm going to confess, to those of you who watched Wednesday's episode: you know the flash mob scene? Where Cam is trying to follow along with the dance? Um, I recognized myself - that is exactly how I dance. A beat (or three) short when it comes to following the rhythm. Here's a link to that scene - Cam is the one in blue.
It wouldn't be a mishmash without a picture (or two) of Paco! Here he is giving the white-eye to the hanging decoration in my office - my friend Terry brought it back from Thailand for me:
This stance was a welcome relief after the growling and barking he did earlier...Paco notices and is suspicious of every new thing in the house!
And this is my view when I'm sitting at my desk:
Sleeping in the morning sun...on my Hawaiian-print travel pillow, which Paco thinks was his souvenir!
********************Since I've been working, I've had the opportunity to dress in something other than running clothes or shorts, which is good for Fashion Friday. What might have been even better for Fashion Friday was if I would have remembered to take a picture of me in those outfits! My brain has either been on overload, or not firing on all cylinders - it's really a toss up as to which is closer to the truth at this point. So instead of my nice work outfits, I bring you my comfy, "run errands" outfit:
Love my purple sweater - got it last year and can't remember where (Steinmart, maybe). My retro Born shoes, and my Ann Taylor Loft jeans that Barbara's sister Sandi convinced me to buy last summer. Oh, and some James Avery jewelry - they will clean and polish any of their jewelry for free, so I've been bringing in my pieces to make them all pretty.
I have to tell you that I get such a thrill whenever I catch sight of myself in these jeans - I seriously cannot believe that my body is fitting into such a cool pair of pants! I really love them and am so grateful that Sandi talked me into that purchase.
Alright, have a good weekend. I'll be back Monday, hopefully wearing a medal!