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