Monday, April 13, 2015

Tax Time!

Yes, I know it's less than 3 days before these are due but I finally got our taxes done. The catch? Turbotax is apparently suffering technical difficulties, and can't process the e-filing fee.  I'll have to wait until the phone lines are open and hopefully can pay by phone tomorrow morning and get this thing done!

Fingers crossed.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SC Mud Run 2015!

I joined my friends' mud run team a few weeks ago.  Though I wish I had trained a few more weeks, I couldn't have asked for a more supportive and gracious team to join:

Hopefully lucky bib 49!  Our main goal was to complete without injuries:

And we did it and in pretty good time: 1 hour 38 minutes!  Not bad for a 10K with 36 obstacles.  Where's the mud?  Why, completely in my running tights!

Unfortunately I didn't make my standing goal of getting across the rope transfers but these margaritas soothed any shortcomings:

So did these chips and tacos!

Overall, glad I did it and setting my sights on another goal to train for...maybe a 5K?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

My ode to Kore Wellness

Hoping to do all the rope transfers at my next SC Mud Run!

I love this gym.  No treadmills, no machines.  Just kettlebells, Sorinex, and stuff that reminds me of playground equipment.  I have made good friends here and they have been keeping me accountable to get strong and keep well.  It's such a supportive environment that I sometimes don't realize the progress I've made here--like finally doing an unassisted pull-up and doing the SC Mud Run (doing my 4th in less than 2 weeks!)  I'm looking forward to reaching new goals here!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A couple of Firsts at Philly airport

The first time I have seen Breakfast Pizza (eggs, cheese, bacon on a pizza crust):

I couldn't do it. I went with a bagel.

And the first time I have seen someone, not only walk barefoot in the airport, but also board the plane barefoot.  The boarding agent was this grandmotherly lady who half-shouted in shock, "Where's your shoes?!"  I didn't hear the guy say anything and she just rolled her eyes and shook her head as he headed down the gangway.

I don't know which part puzzled me more--that he was barefoot when it was about 30 degrees outside in Philly or that he was walking barefoot in the Philadelphia airport and now, on to a plane. Ugh, I feel grossed out when I see people coming out of the airplane bathroom in thin flip-flops. So glad I didn't see what the bottom of his feet looked like.

Awesome Hotel amenities

Well, after the ground stop in Philly was lifted, my connecting flight took off without me.  So I was stuck in Philadelphia.  All the airport hotels were full, but I found a decent priced Crowne Plaza hotel (about $100/night) that was a $15 shuttle ride into the city.  The location wasn't handy to the cool parts of Phily, but I was beat after getting there after midnight.  And wow, I loved the included amenities!  Like 2 bottles of water, apples, and a Keurig!

And how about a mug full of Hershey Kisses while I watch 6 different HBOs?!

And look at this chic collection of shampoo, etc.  Oh yes, those came home with me.

And CD alarm clock with AUX input!

Man I wished I missed my flight earlier so I could have spent more time here!

De-Icing a plane

Got delayed in Boston Logan airport because major snow storms caused a ground stop in Philly, where I am supposed to connect to SC. The ground stop was lifted but before we could move, they said they had to de-ice the plane. I always thought de-icing entailed some giant ice-scraper going over the surface of the plane, but instead, it's this:

It appears they spray de-icing liquid over the entire plane:

I guess that's a lot easier than using a giant ice-scraper.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Girl is home!

The Girl is home for spring break, what a sight for sore eyes. We've been missing her so much, but appreciate she is having a good time at school, a thousand miles away. Treated her (and US) to some 10 inch hoagies at Which Wich:

She came along for Paul's latest follow-up post-surgery and convinced him to do a striped cast with glow-in-the-dark stripes:

And she even made me a bowl of ice cream and strawberries. Heavenly.