Monday, April 10, 2017

Running and Racing

Hello! I have returned home again. And that means hours and hours of homework. I am now just over half way in the quarter. I have written 5 papers and am finishing up three more. Then I only have three more to go. Can you say busy work? Have I complained about school enough? I suppose that whatever happens I’ll be able to cite APA cause that’s what you do at Walden. They give you a crap ton of reading that you couldn’t get through even if you didn’t work a .8, and then you write about it. But mainly you just try to get something down that makes sense so you can cite it. Does anyone get the idea I am super burnt out on this. Ugh. This is what I get for taking two of the busiest busy work classes offered at Walden. And why the projects in week 4, 8, and 10 have to be two separate papers is beyond me. It makes no sense.

In addition to work being as busy as it could be with our current staffing. I never rest. And that’s about it for the whining portion of this blog.

Last I checked in I was at Stitches and then up at Blane’s.

This month I went out to Cali to see Cody and have a bit of a run.

So, here’s the story in pictures.

We got to the airport in MSP early. You know I travel during spring break every year and every year I say—WTH. But this year is no exception. The other thing that happened is I went through TSA precheck and my boots set off the alarm. What??? I wore them from MSP to San Jose and back with no problem. It was obviously a rookie mistake, and one I was getting on everyone else about. I guess I should have guessed since most of the people in front of me set off the metal detector.

Anyway, we arrived early and decided to eat and I was next to my favorite brewery growler--


It was only about 8ish or so which negated my ordering a tall cold one.

We took off and of course, the whole way there I did homework…ugh. And we arrived in one piece, grabbed Ilan, and headed out to lunch.


We went over and got our packets which necessitated a selfie--


and a beautiful view from Encinitas--


Cody got us a place by the beach, right on the base. It was a beautiful sunny day and pretty warm, but not that warm. And that’s where we stayed for a couple of days.

Our little house—we are the two doors on the right.



Our afternoon and evening…..


The next day, after some carbo loading, we were up early to the race-The Encinitas Half Marathon





They finished quite a bit before me—I’m sort of holding on cause this is right after my finish.

Those guys rocked it. I did only ok. In my defense, I started at the very back cause I was supposed to run with Dave and he didn’t run. I spent a lot of time catching up and passing people and getting blocked in. So I was a 2:07 which is a bit slow.


You know what it was time for after the race??? The obligatory Bloody Mary!!


And it was all uphill from there.

Ilan had brought a suitcase full of delicious beer, some of which hasn’t been released yet. O.M.G. It was just too good.

Beer and Homework


Beer and Cody


Beer and Sun


Beer and us.


That was a hard selfie….

Somehow I didn’t take a picture of the wine we had for dinner. Oh well.

And of course, our evening fire.


What a great day.

The next day was a surfin’ safari--


That happened.

Dave and I kept it simple by walking on the beach.


Bad selfie. Although Dave’s squinty eye still cracks me up. I don’t know why I embarrass myself with these terrible pictures.




Once the surfers got done….



We moved inland to Temecula--

The view from our room. Nice eh?


However our room was totally handicapped accessible, including a coffeemaker in the bathroom which was sufficient to gross us out. We did move it….

We had a wonderful dinner and the next day Ilan left but Dave and I took a walk around the land.

It has been very wet in SoCal and very unusual to walk around in lush greenery in a desert like area. But we did.





And flowing water….


I found a big chair in the trees--


We went out with Cody and had some wine tasting….


We saw this guy too-


Had some sushi, and headed back to the hotel.

We decided to enjoy the rest of our vacation  with a bit of beer overlooking the course.


And early early early the next day we flew back home.


See ya sometime SanD.

Sigh. We did have a good time though.

Next up--


Till then—here’s lookin’ at you


Monday, March 13, 2017

Blogging:The Alcohol Edition

The blog has recently taken a back seat due to the vast amount of homework I have for this quarter. I decided to bite the bullet and take two classes at once. Sadly I picked two of the busiest busywork classes to take together. I don’t know how people do it. I am keeping up by the skin of my teeth but it takes every spare moment of time. And what is the end point? I have a Masters Degree that will likely amount to nothing. But at least I’ll have it, I guess. It’s times like right this very minute I just want to stop. After this I have one more class over the summer then the fall I am taking off. I plan to do a practicum over the winter but of course I have no idea what that will be. I don’t seem to have the networks at Mayo to find a good project to latch onto. I guess I have time. I need to get the request in by the end of the summer, but should really have it done by mid summer and there’s quite a bit to it. Oh well. Deep breath. It will get done eventually.

Oh, and did I mention that I got a new camera and I can upload photos to my phone which then uploads them to the cloud. However, to get them into this little blog I have to download them to a file and they aren’t in order and it takes a while to do. Sadly, my external hard drive is no longer compatible with my crappy Dell and it’s crappy Windows 10 so blogging just got a whole lot more complicated. But I think I’ve got the pictures I need, for the moment anyway.

Before I lost my mind and had a little extra time I went to Stitches West. Oddly, most of my pictures are like a diary of all the drinks I had. A history of Stitches, 2017, in alcohol.

Before I left though, I had a little celebration with my best bud Cathy--


And Dave and I took a walk—


It was about 63 when I left on Tuesday, 02/21, and was about 40ish when I got to Seattle. I spent  the night with Martha. We had a little walk Wednesday in the AM.

CFNetworkDownload_a6pBue_thumbIn coats and mittens. That’s Martha holding my super duper Cow Mittens she knitted for me.

IMG_0177_thumb1Aren’t they cool??

Saw some mountains too--


We met up with Julie later in the AM and flew off to San Jose. The hills were very green there.


This is Julie and Martha and Me after our registration and check in Wednesday night. We really did the right thing by getting there a day earlier this year.


We decided that perhaps an adult beverage was needed before dinner. Lo and behold it was Margarita day—well, of course a round was had by all. Best Margarita I ever had. Mango it was and it was delish.


We went out to dinner at a crowded pub at Levi Stadium. Note to self, will never return to a lace that charges 5 dollars per glass of club soda. Only in Cali.

C48C59D5-5B92-4E1A-9DD6-1AB13D7A16F2Next up—some beers!

And desert!



The next day, opening day, we went to the keynote speaker, Franklin Habit. He was really good.


And the luncheon and off to my first class, which was weaving.


We went to the opening day of the Market and I bought this---


Yes, I go to the yarn market and buy moisturizer.It’s leaping bunny approved!  I also bought body powder.

And when we were done there we had our obligatory glass of Champers!!


We were tired after that so we went to bed and the next day we had our continental knitting class. Both Martha and I took that one. It was a different type of continental knitting and the teacher, Candice Eisner Strick was the best. She’s so funny. I’m not sure we had time to walk that morning, but we did take a couple of nice morning walks on Thursday.


7F4E7AF0-2358-486B-AAE6-7E407B833978The greenness of a LOT of rain in Cali.

Weird Shadow People


Ground Zero


And a shadowy selfie in the sun.


Another trip to the Market. I was pretty good about limiting my purchases. I’m not sure I bought much of anything—no wait, I did buy some yarn for a tee shirt. And some other yarn I put away for another project.

We took an afternoon break—Sangria on sale….


We had to get done early to get in line for the fashion show at 6:30, which didn’t start till 7ish. I have some pictures but they have to upload to my computer cause I didn’t transfer them to my camera. This is getting to be super time consuming.

Here we go--


We had a wine and pizza party afterwards with our friends from the 2 Knit Lit Chick podcast, Barb and Tracie. Complete with Girl Scout Cookies

We also met up with other friends, Kathy and Debra-


Love all these girls!!

The next day we went to the market once more cause Barb and Tracie turned me onto this sweet yarn—benefitting Planned Parenthood

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We flew home and because we traded seats three times to let families sit together I got a free glass of wine. Of course I did.

IMG_0247_thumb2Knitting and wine…

And the next day, Sunday, I flew back to MN to see the foot of snow that fell while I was gone. (Did I mention it was in the 60’s when I left??)

Rainy day in Seattle


But my Bloody Mary helped ease the pain


Snow in MN


I started school immediately and haven’t really stopped to breath except to celebrate my birthday--

E728C85F-66C7-45F3-9567-448E75AE300C[1]I found some Insight Beer in Rochester—yayayayay.

BDF560D2-4CAA-42E4-8CA3-A047932DFE31Celebratory Bar Crawl.

Last Friday, which is actually three days ago, we travelled up to Grand Forks to visit with Blane and Melanie. It’s the yearly birthday trip since her birthday is March 7th.

DSC00106_thumbDaube’s says Happy Birthday to us!

We also took some seriously bad selfies cause we can NEVER get it right.


I guess this is the best one….


There’s a mystery picture of me and Melanie holding the cake but we don’t seem to have that picture anywhere.

Here’s Blane and Melanie

Supporting the company on the off time


We had to leave a day early, Sunday, cause it was going to snow and we wanted to miss that event.

Me and Blane saying good bye--


It was cold there, and we lost an hour of time. Jeepers I hate that. But we missed the snow by an hour which was good. We got home at 1:20 and it started snowing at 2:30ish and we got another 6 or so inches. Oh well.

In other news, I got my chair recovered--





I think it looks pretty good. Here it is visiting with the other furniture--


Yes, that’s the old back sitting on the ottoman. The reupholsterer saved it for me.

So I’m trying not to be too stressed out by all the crap I have to do  at home, at work, and for school….cleansing breath. I am doing the one day at a time and taking a cue from the cats--


Be sure to have some down time with a friend…and….