...but I was one of the crazies hitting the Black Friday sales here in Corpus. I set my alarm for 3:52 but decided on sleep instead of shop. Around 9 James and I hit the Black Friday deals at Target (2TB hard drive for $69! 1/4 zip fleeces for $7.99! DVDs that we don't need for $1.99!) and Old Navy, then picked up donuts for the at home crew. The crowds were pretty tame, and everyone was very polite. No ripping shirts out of each other's hands or any other such nonsense that gives us bargain hunters a bad name.
Now it's time for lounge wear, beer and football.
And how funny is it that we could have purchased a "Colorado" or "Vail" sweatshirt at Old Navy in Corpus Christi, TX???
It was a brutally hot day, with 39,000 others making it difficult to navigate the city streets, but James made it happen. He finished in 4:45:35, a little slower than he would have liked, but considering the heat he did amazingly well. I'll have more pictures to post soon.
If you want to read more about the race from the runner's perspective, visit James' running blog at www.runjames.blogspot.com
Tomorrow is a BIG day. We are in Chicago for James' first Chicago Marathon , and third marathon in the past two years. I am so proud of this man! Imagine coming home at the end of a work day that began at 6 am, visiting with your wife and daughter, helping with homework, eating dinner, doing the bedtime routine with the kiddo, and then going out and running anywhere from 3 to 12 miles. 4 or 5 nights a week. For 16 weeks. Seriously. That's what my sweetie has been up to recently.
I got my Christmas gifts to my parents and grandmother in MARCH.
I focused on TODAY, and it really slowed me down (in a good way).
I apologized for something I did not do, and it was OK.
I admitted that I like ham.
Ripley and I survived a 4-month-long summer and still liked each other at the end of it.
Ripley started writing in a diary.
I stopped watching Grey's Anatomy and feel good about it.
I read Twilight (and saw the movie twice with friends) and did not like either the book or the movie.
James and I installed almost 1000 square feet of wood laminate flooring in the basement, completely on our own, and still celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary later the same year.
We had 2 garages sales lasting a total of 3 days, and non of it was at our house.
I went on only one Chocolate Moose scrap weekend in 12 months time and survived (but just barely).
So, there you have it. The first 38 things that popped into my head about this past year. Writing this list made me take stock of how many stories I have NOT documented for 2009...I think I might go back and write a few blog entries to get those things in writing. At the least, I will make a layout of this list during our scrap retreat this coming weekend.
Lots of planning and packing to do in the next 24 hours in order to make it a really productive weekend away. Can't wait!
P.S. this is my 200th blog post. How's that for documenting?
That's our motto around here. Rip and I say it to each other at the beginning of most days. Usually, she replies, "It's ALREADY a great day!" or "It's already a great day because YOU started my day!" :)
Today is ALREADY a GREAT DAY.
Exhibit A (above): Coffee.
Exhibit B: Our washing machine has been repaired! And it only took 25 days!
Thank goodness for extended warranties (this $1100 repair was fully covered since we were 4 years and 1 month into our 5 year extended warranty) and for Ellery, who allowed me to run wash at her house for the past 3 weeks.
Exhibit C: I am on my blog and actually posting something! In part, this is due to Ripley and Grandma's zoo date running long (thank you CAROL!) and to Avery coming to babysit later (thank you AVERY!)
Exhibit D: Happy flowers, all over my backyard, despite the vole invasion that continues.
Exhibit E: DATE NIGHT!
Happy hour with my hubby! Wish it was 5 o'clock...
I may have misled you all...I am not the only creative being in the household. James is known for his very precise drawings and for crushing the competition during Pictionary, thusly why he has been called "Mr. Pictionary" for years. I think the Ripster may be taking after her daddy the Pictionary king...
Ripley's rendition of two flowers and a butterfly
(from left to right) A bat, the Moon, and the Earth. All friends.
A happy spider
This is my personal favorite -- 3 witches, a Frankenstein, and a bat. Not sure why, but Rip named this one "Witch Bow". Don't argue with the artist.
(from left to right): a witch, ?, and a smiley daffodil.
I think the girl has talent.
Here is one that she and her daddy worked on the other night at dinner.