Saturday, April 16, 2011

Our last fling with youth

This picture is old and is getting some play now to help illustrate the awesomeness that was Brad's 30th birthday. If I don't get some sort of award for being the Best Wife, it will be a shame. FIRST OF ALL: There was the suprise party at McCourts a few weeks before the birthday. Super fun and I think it was actually a suprise. If it wasn't, Brad will never let on because it will prove snoopiness. He seemed suprised and we got to spend the evening with such a great group of people. SECONDLY: Which actually happened the week before, but Brad got to go snowboarding. This wasn't my doing but I'm including it in the birthday list. THIRDLY: On the day of his birth, April 6th, I took the dude and the Willa out for lobster. That is what he wants every year on his birthday. Willa was really into all the types of seafood, she especially liked to play with the crab legs. THE BEST PART OF ALL: Was our weekend trip to St. Louis. There was a slight mix up with the hotel situation which could have been disasterous, but turned out to be just fine...Saturday night, we went to the Supercross race and saw all of Brad's favorite dirtbike riders. A big win for James Stewart!

Sunday, we did some shopping and some eating and drinking and walking. Then we went to the Lil' Wayne, Travis Barker, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj concert and WOW was it impressive! I realize that not everyone is into rap or hip-hop music, but Travis Barker has got to be one of the best musicians alive. Watching him play the drums and seeing his passion and energy for the music is mezmerizing. And Lil' Wayne, well, the guy is just fun. Even if you don't care for the music, the ticket price would probably have been worth it just for the people watching. There were some very unique individuals present, some of them very scantily dressed. After the show, thanks to Twitter, we spent some time at the same bar as Travis Barker. He of course had his own VIP balcony, but it was still fun just to be there. What was also fun was watching Brad try to get pizza delivered to our hotel room at 3:00 in the morning. He was not successful. Monday morning we took a long walk to the arch and to have sushi near the arch, then we drove home. Boy, did we miss Willa! That was the longest I had been away from her, and the longest she had been away from both of us at the same time. She didn't care, of course because she was with Grandma and Grandpa.

The weekend was kind of a splurge for us, but now we are both officially old and there probably won't be many more weekends of its kind so we took advantage of it.

Don't you think my birthday treats deserve an award???

(And kind of a bummer that we didn't stay in St. Louis an extra day, becuase I realized when we got back that Dean Karnazes, you know, the Ultra Marathon Man, ran through and stopped at the Arch on his run across the US the next day!!)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Told ya!

Here is the picture of Willa, Allison, and super-vegan, Isa Chandra Moskowitz! We got the yummiest treats...I think my favorite were the tiny coffee-filled donuts and the ginger blueberry muffins. And then we went to happy hour at Blue where we sampled 5 different sushi rolls and 4 types of martinis. This was the first time that Willa ate the sushi and she really gobbled it right up! Normally she just sucks on the edamame. Mama is very proud:) Thanks to Brant and Joy for the great meal and fun day! When we got home, we watched Marmaduke for the 198th time while we ate some more of our treats.

I picked up a copy of Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and had it autographed, so if I come over to your house with a plate of cookies in the next few weeks, you'll know why.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

More early morning thinking

Once again, it is approaching Lincoln Marathon time. And once again, I feel unprepared. I do this to myself every time. I set these goals, that for me are possibly a smidge too big. I start out all gung-ho and then just sort of fizzle out. I initially had planned to run the full marathon this year. When registration time came, I was doing a pretty good job of following the training schedule but I chickened out and registered for the half. Which is still a big undertaking, don't get me wrong. Then all the stuff with the house-selling started happening and I allowed myself to make all kinds of excuses. Plus, the weather has been less than optimal for someone like me, who is a VERY fair-weather runner. More excuses. I registered for the State Farm 10 mile run to give myself a kick in the pants, which worked for awhile. I'm actually shocked that I even ran the race, as it was super cold and snowing heavily by the end of the race, but it was fun. Brad took a picture of me crossing the finish line (which I don't plan to share) and I look like I was walking and my face is all contorted weirdly, as it was frozen. So were my hands and they looked like dinosaur claws. My time was significantly slower than I would have liked it to be, but I'm just glad I finished. So at the start of this week, I was feeling kind of proud of myself and I thought maybe I should take a few days of rest before really hitting the marathon training schedule hard again. Well, that was 6 days ago and I have yet to work out in any way. DANG IT!!!!! I am going to take the advice of all of the self-help/improvement blogs that I frequent and make a public commitment to a goal for accountability...I AM GOING TO RUN EVERY DAY FROM NOW UNTIL THE MARATHON. That means starting April 3 and not taking a day off until May 2nd. Scratch that. I will at least go for a long walk on May 2nd and then see about taking this goal up again. Even if my every day runs are only a mile or 2, I will run daily. Got it?!?

I get to meet one of my heroes today. Heros? I suck at spelling.

It's 4:00am and I am at work and I am bored and its past the point in the night where I can sit and read without nodding off so I am thinking about what we get to do later today. We are going to a Vegan Bake Sale in Omaha! This would be pretty exciting all by itself but the kicker is that Isa Moskowitz will be there, selling her baked goods and autographing her cookbooks and giving all the proceeds to the relief efforts in Japan! It gives me goosebumps and makes my mouth water to think that I can drive to Omaha and buy and eat something that Isa has made. According to her twitter feed, she is doing a lot of pies and that is fine with me! I'm hoping to score maybe some cupcakes, too or something that we can have on Wednesday for Brad's birthday. Sunday to Wednesday is a long time to ask a baked good to NOT go in my mouth though so we'll see...After the bake sale, I think we will hit happy hour at Blue. This day will be heaven for my mouth. And as if the day needed any more bonuses, Brant and Joy are coming with us! Maybe one of my next few posts will be a picture of Isa, Willa and I...