Monday, April 26, 2010


It's weird to me that summer is already here again. Not that I'm complaining.

In about a month Steve and I will be going on our first cruise... celebrating both of our birthdays... and then about a month after that we'll be celebrating our first wedding anniversary.

All I can say is HOLY. CRAP.

Time sure does fly doesn't it?

If you are in the Savannah area this summer (or would like to be) get ready because I feel like making the most of this summer and the fact that I live by the beach.

Monday, April 19, 2010

pictures from the race

After a crazy week, and and even crazier weekend, I finally have time to put up pictures from my race! Here ya go:

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Steve and I before I got to the start line

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waiting for the official start/ listening to the bagpiper play "The Hills of Montezuma"

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my mom caught this one when the course double backed toward the start.

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crossing the finish line! Woohoo!
In case you were wondering.... The t-shirt I was wearing was an AOII shirt. When I entered college I joined a local sorority that had hopes to become a chapter of a national organization someday. My best friend (and twin in the sorority) and I made it our goal to be the ones to take that group national, and we did. In 2009 we were installed as the 185th chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity. It was a huge goal that took time, patience and dedication. The shirt was worn in an effort to remind myself that I am capable of so much more than I think I am. It helped me focus and I think I'm going to keep some sort of AOII-wear on me whenever I race from now on.

I'm currently looking around for my next race. There is one that benefits Food for the Hungry coming up in September that I think I might do and another that benefits mission work in Mexico that hasn't set a date yet but you can bet your tush I'll be there with bells on! I'm going to keep training and hopefully be able to run the entire distance next time. That's the goal. :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

rocking out the 5K

I did it! I ran a 5k! Ok, so maybe I run/walked it but whatever... the point is, I got out there and busted my butt for a good cause and did my own personal best. I beat my time from training by a solid THREE MINUTES which is even more awesome considering I never trained with hills and the course I ran had several of them. Overall I am very pleased with myself.

There are pictures up on Facebook for those of you who are my friend. Those of you who are not my friend will have to wait until I can put them up on here.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to do another one and I am positive that I am going to keep training. The adrenaline rush from that race is something I haven't felt in a long time.

Monday, April 5, 2010

gym etiquette

I'll admit, I'm a gym newbie. I'm technically lower than a newbie because my puny apartment gym hardly counts as a real gym since it's only got two treadmills, two eillipticals and a bowflex. Still, even in my newbie status at my wannabe gym there is a certain level of etiquette expected.

Today there were some people in the gym that were clearly not versed in this etiquette and it really annoyed me.

So, on the off chance that one of my 20 followers is a wannabe-gym super newbie, I give you the etiquette guidelines for small, wannabe-gyms.

1. Don't leave your crap lying around. - All comments about not being your mom aside... there is limited space as it is. The last thing I need is to trip over your nasty towel/cooler/janitor keyring/duffel bag on my way to the treadmill. Why are you even bringing all of that crap anyway? You're working out less than 100 yards from your apartment. I promise, you don't need to pack for the trip.

2. Maintain a t.v. sharing to volume ratio. - If you are going to insist on having the tv turned up as loud as it will go please at least keep it centered so we can all see what we are forced to listen to. Better yet, keep the volume at a normal level so I don't have to burst my eardrums with my headphones in an attempt to drown out Spongebob.

3. keep the noises to yourself. - I can understand letting a grunt or something slip every once in a while if you are really pushing it, but the "look at me I'm so awesome I have to loudly grunt during each rep" is a bit disturbing. The same goes for moaning and growling. This is a tiny gym the size of my parents' laundry room and I do not know you. Random noises of exertion when you aren't even sweating is creepy.

4. If you don't know what you are doing read the instructions on the equipment or come back when you are ready to be serious. - There is a limited amount of equipment and space. I am not abotu to be hurt by some idiot acting a fool. Conversely, I'm not about to have to go pay for a private gym membership because some idiot hurt themselves, blamed the management company, and forced the apartment gym to close down.

That's pretty much it. Four simple rules to help you avoid an uncomfortable confrontation and potential throatpunch.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Good Mexican food is hard to find

I am a HUGE fan of mexican food. I could eat it every day for weeks and nto get sick of it. We had our rehearsal dinner at a Mexican restraunt and we are taking a Mexican cuisine cooking class when we go to Mexico on our cruise this summer.

So, you can imagine how bummed I was when Steve and I got to Savannah and realized that all of the Mexican restaurants we could find didn't taste very good and/or gave us heartburn.

I've stepped up my game in the kitchen, attempting new recipes in an effort to make up for the lack of good options elsewhere. None of them really taste right though.

Enter: Jalepenos

They opened a new location near our apartment recently so Steve and I checked it out last night. All I can say is WOW. It was possibly the best Mexican food I have ever had. The service was fast, friendly and attentive. I'm really excited to have found this place! We will definitely be going back soon.