Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tagged Voluntarily

Another bloggie, Ally Pike, (yes, related to Pike's Pickles, but not the same person), posted a self questionaire on her blog and tagged anyone that wanted to to do it and post it on their blog.
So I did.
I think. . . therefore I am.
I know. . . God loves me.
I want. . . to buy a house.
I have. . . a really, really awesome family.
I wish. . . . . . well, . . that’s a conversation I have to finish having with my husband before I can post about it.
I hate. . . walking on spilled sugar or salt in bare feet. And having my toes stepped on.
I miss. . . Chet, Liz, and all the other members of my family that I don’t get to see much.
I fear. . . the economy getting worse.
I feel. . . sore from my 8 mile run yesterday.
I love. . . my job.
I hear. . . My dog eating, and Ben 10 on tv.
I smell. . . not very well. My olfactory senses are not so strong.
I search. . . for good restaurants to have lunch at with my husband.
I wonder. . . if people like me as much as I think they do, or if they are just being nice.
I regret . . .buying that stupid Jetta. And losing touch with good friends.
I care. . . genuinely about every child that has ever come into my home.
I always. . . try to share love with those around me.
I am not. . . perfect (yet).
I believe. . . in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I dance. . . in my head, all the time.
I sing. . . to myself and along with my ipod.
I don't always. . . remember what I’m supposed to be doing at the moment.
I win. . . at love.
I lose. . . at punctuality.
I never. . . feel bad about taking time for me.
I listen. . . to the spirit.
I read. . . not as much as I used to- and in the bathroom.
I am happy about. . . my life.
Ok, I now tag YOU!

Monday, September 29, 2008

More Wisdom

Some of these may sound familiar.
Enjoy them anyway.
01. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me alone.
02. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
03. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.
04. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
05. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.
06. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
07. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
08. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
09. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is probably not for you.
10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.
12. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
13. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.
14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
17. Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
19. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips aremoving.
20. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
21. Never miss a good chance to shut up
22. Never take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sunday Post

Today's Sunday Post was written by my husband, Chris.
He didn't write this for the purpose of blogging, but it works well for it.
You should take the time to read all the way to the end.
I Can Only Imagine
I like to think of myself as a very strong, grounded individual that is not easy moved or swayed by sentiment.
Very few things can move me to a point of talking about let alone writing.
The song “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe is one of those very few times that I have been moved to write my feelings down.
I can only imagine What it will be like
When I walk By your side
Will my works on this earth allow me to walk by your side in the Celestial Kingdom?
Can I be strong enough to put aside the feels, thoughts and desires of a flawed man and walk in your path?
I can only imagine What my eyes will see
When your face Is before me I can only imagine
Will I be able to look on your face and see my reflection in your eyes and be able to be proud of what I see? Or will my own shortcomings be all I am able to see in that reflection.
I can only imagine .
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still?
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
When the day comes that I face my lord and redeemer will I feel the ever lasting peace only brought to me by my Fathers gift or will I be overcome by my own weakness in not living up to my abilities and responsible as a priesthood hold in this life?
I can only imagine When that day comes
And I find myself Standing in the Son


Standing before my redeemer, my savior, by brother, what joy will this reunion bring to my heart?
Have I made my Brother proud?
Will he look at me as say well done thou good and faithful servant?
I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever Forever worship You
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
Have I dedicated my life to your service?
Is that service the best that I could do?
Is it what you have expected from me?
Have I chosen to forever worship you now?
I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever; forever worship you
I can only imagine
This song forced me to look at myself a lot closer and decide if I can only imagine or am I doing what has been laid out for me in the Plan of Salvation.
My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has given me away to know and not imagine if I am doing what is expected of me to walk forever by his side.
He has laid out a plan for me to be able to look in my Brothers eyes and not fear or be ashamed.
I have a testimony that God the Father has laid forth a plan for my eternal happiness.
I have a testimony that my Brother Jesus Christ sealed that plan with his blood so that I may walk for ever by his side.
While I know I have a long way to go, I still have a place in my Fathers Kingdom.
I testify that God's church stands on the earth today and that I have a Holy Priesthood given to me by God and Jesus Christ and through its authority miracles happened daily.
I believe that Prophets walk the earth today and receive direct revelation from God and that Prophet is Thomas S. Monson.
I have a testimony that families can be together forever and that knowledge moves me more than I can every possible express in words.
I am grateful for my wife and children.
I am grateful for the gift that heavenly father gave me to be a father to those without an earthly father.
I feel God’s direct hand in leading me love these kids.
I am grateful for an extended family of in-laws that have loved me without a second thought since the day they met me.
I often find it overwhelming and find myself falling short and unworthy yet you love me none the less.
My best friends in this word are Hugos and that means so much to me.
I count myself as extremely blessed to be a member of your family and am so grateful for the eternity to come.
I am grateful for my mother, my father that did not have to be but chose to be, and for my sister who is growing into a successful and strong young woman.
I am grateful for my grandparents who have loved me as a son for all of my memory.
I have striven to make you proud of the man I have become.
I am grateful for the example that my grandfather has set for me.
If I am able to be even half the man he is I will count my life a success.
My life is more blessed then I have ever even dared to ask for.
I am a perfect example of Gods mercy and grace.
He has guided my steps my entire life and has never let me fail.
Thank you for never making me only imagine.
-Chris Hill

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Amphibious Attack Tiger!

This is Odin, the amphibious attack tiger. Just kidding, he's not an attack tiger.
He lives at a zoo in Vallejo, California.
He learned to swim after chunks of meat that were thrown in the water.
He only looks pissed off because he is scrunching up his nose to keep water out of it.
I have more pictures of this that I will be posting on my pic blog. So pop over there if you want to see more of Odin.

Look at me go!

I wasn't able to run as much this week because we had a crazy coastal storm that made it hard to get out for anything, much less running.
And as yet, I don't own a treadmill, so I only logged about 17 miles this week, when my goal is 20+.
But I did make it out a few times and logged in total OVER 400 MILES!
And with my next half marathon coming up in 6 weeks, I am on my way to 500.
Then I'll be in the Nike+ 5oo club.
Go Me!

Friday, September 26, 2008

A Question For You

The other day I took one of my big boys to see a doctor.
The doctor asked him all kinds of questions from "What is today's date?" and "Who is the president of the United States?" to "What do a table and chair have in common?" as well as many others.
(This may sound familiar to some of my readers).
There were 2 questions in particular that made me stop to think what my answer would be were he talking to me.
These were:
1. Give me 5 words that you would say describe you, (good and/or bad).
2.If you died and came back as an animal, what animal would you want to be?
What would you say?
Remember there are no right or wrong answers.
I'll tell you my answers after some of you comment with yours.
Maybe Dr. Wilkinson will tell us what our answers say about us.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Life Lessons

A few lessons I got from an e-mail from my niece Echo:
I've learned....That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I've learned....That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
I've learned....That money doesn't buy class.
I've learned...That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I've learned....That the Lord didn't do it all in one day.What makes me think I can?
I've learned....That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I've learned....That the less time I have to work, the more things I get done.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Returning Soldier

Here are pics of my brother's return home.

This one was taken by an onlooker at the airport who was touched by the reunion.

And at home.

He gets to stay 18 days.

Hooray, Mike!

Welcome Home Mike!

My brother Mike is home on leave!
He has been in Iraq for the last 9 months and will have to go back for another 9 months in a few weeks.
But while he is home he will be able to celebrate his daughters 8th birthdays and baptize them.
We are so proud of him for what he is doing, but so happy he is home safe even just for a little while.
We love you Mike.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Follow Me!

(Have you noticed that you can tell how busy my life is by how often I post?)
Blogger has a new tool to help you follow all of your favorite blogs.
You can become a follower to my blog and get feeds on your dashboard when I post.
It also helps me to know how many people love me and can't get enough of my blog. (Unless that number is so small that it makes me feel bad instead of good).
You can follow my blog (and the blogs of other people you think are awesome), by adding their blogs on your dashboard page, or by clicking on my Followers Box (On the right below my running log) where it says "Follow this blog".
As you can see, Pikes Pickles is the first to follow me.
Be next!

Monday, September 22, 2008

A Good Pun is it's Own Reword

Dijon vu- the same mustard as before.
Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat..
A lot of money is tainted. It taint yours and it taint mine.
When two egotists meet it's an I for an I.
Every calendar's days are numbered.
The reading of a will is a dead giveaway.
It was an emotional wedding. Even the cake was in tiers.
When chemists die we barium.
Why couldn't the bicycle stand on it's own? Because it was two-tired.
She had a boyfriend with a wooden leg...until she broke it off.
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine.
Energizer bunny arrested- charged with battery.
When a clock gets hungry it goes back four seconds.
When the actress saw her first strands of gray hair she thought she'd dye.
Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.
Without geometry life is pointless.
A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
A pessimist's blood type. Always B Negative.
Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I'll show you a flat minor.
Once you've seen one shopping center, you've seen the mall.
What you sieze is what you get.
Hey, I don't write 'em, I just post 'em. Go groan at somebody else.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

God's Artwork

After correcting an initial problem with the lens, when the Hubble Space Telescope was first launched in 1990, the floating astro-observatory began to relay back to Earth, incredible snapshots of the "final frontier" it was perusing.
Recently, astronauts voted on the top photographs taken by Hubble, in its 16-year journey so far. Remarking in the article from the Daily Mail, reporter Michael Hanlon says the photos "illustrate that our un iverse is not only deeply strange, but also almost impossibly beautiful."
Hubble Telescope's top ten greatest space photographs. Awesome!!!
The Sombrero Galaxy - 28 million light years from Earth - was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope. The dimensions of the galaxy, officially called M104, are asspectacular as its appearance It has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across. The Ant Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas whose technical name is Mz3, resembles an ant when observed using ground-based telescopes... The nebula lies within our galaxy between 3,000 and 6,000 light years from Earth. In third place is Nebula NGC 2392, called "Eskimo" because it looks like a face surrounded by a furry hood. The hood is, in fact, a ring of comet-shaped objects flying away from a dying star. Eskimo is 5,000 light years from Earth. At four is the Cat's Eye Nebula. The Hourglass Nebula, 8,000 light years away, has a "pinched-in-the-middle" look because the winds that shape it are weaker at the centre. In sixth place is the Cone Nebula. The part pictured here is 2.5 light years in length (the equivalent of 23 million return trips to the Moon). The Perfect Storm, a small region in the Swan Nebula, 5,500 light years away, described as 'a bubbly ocean of hydrogen and small amounts of oxygen, sulphur and other elements'. Starry Night, so named because it reminded astronomers of the Van Gogh painting. It is a halo of light around a star in the Milky Way. The glowering eyes from 114 million light years away are the swirling cores of two merging galaxies called NGC 2207 and IC 2163 in the distant Canis Major constellation.

The Trifid Nebula. A 'stellar nursery', 9,000 light years from here, it is where new stars are being born.

And after all this some people want me to believe that there is no God designing, creating, influencing or blessing our existence.

That's simply silly. Of course there's a God.

And you want to know something else? He loves me.

Be a foster parent

(This post is a little longer and more verbose than usual, but please read it anyway).
As most of you know, I am a foster parent.
Specifically, I work with intense teenagers, but I attend classes and groups and trade respite with parents who foster all kinds of kids. Infants, children, teenagers, sibling groups, MR kids, the list goes on.
I have seen miracles happen in foster homes.
I have seen children that were hurt, abused and believed themselves unloveable, find acceptance and love in families that might have seemed unlikely, but became connected circles of healing and joy.
I regularly talk to others about the work that I do.
I very regularly hear people say this:
"Oh, I've thought about doing foster care, but it would be too hard to see them go when they leave, I just don't think I could handle it."
Perhaps my empathy and understanding goes out the window when I hear this, because I want to grab this person by the shoulders, shake her and say:
"What? What you're telling me is that you are going to deny a child the love and nurturing of your family, an opportunity to heal from abuse and hurt in a safe and loving environment.
You're going to rob your family of the blessings of loving another child who needs you, because your feelings might be hurt when they have to go?
Now I understand that not everyone can and should do foster care. There are some people that are far better off by not being foster parents.
Before any family takes on the responsibility, commitment, and time and emotional demands of fostering, they should seriously evaluate their family's ability to handle the addition of one or more troubled and hurt children. Never begin this endeavor without a great deal of prayer.
And after all this you may decide that your family is not able to carry the weight of another child.
OK. I accept that.
But maybe, just maybe, you can.
And maybe, just maybe, your life will be blessed forever by the chance to love a boy or girl that needs you. Maybe you'll realize in time that you needed him as much as he needs you.
Maybe you'll start fostering and be overwhelmed by the intensity of anger, hurt, aggression, outbursts and suffering that these kids are going through.
Maybe you won't be able to handle it.
But maybe you will.
Maybe you'll save a childs life.
Maybe your family will be strengthened by the trials of loving a foster child.
Maybe, just maybe, it will be the best thing you ever did.
Just think about it. That's all I'm asking.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Political Quotes

I promised to look for this quote and repost when I found it.
Harry S. Truman said this in McCalls Magazine in Sept. 1962:
"Women have been in everything else, why not in politics?
There's no reason why a woman shouldn't be in the white house as president if she wants to be. But she'll be sorry when she gets there."
Another quote that seems to suit this years election:
"I'm working for a time when unqualified blacks, browns and women can join the unqualified men in running the government."
-Cissy Farenthold, Texas State Representative.
tags: political feminism quotes

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Great Quote

I always know God won't give me more than I can handle, but there are times I wish he didn't trust me so much.
-Mother Teresa


Four cars were going to be used in the bank robbery.
"Now, remember," the boss said, "until you get to Red Water Junction, you've got to travel in the order I just told you.
What's the order, Lem?
LEM: First the Chevy, then the Datsun, the Ford and the Toyota.
Boss: You got only two right.
Tell him, Clem.
CLEM: The Ford, the Toyota, the Datsun and the Chevy.
Boss: Only one right. One that Lem got wrong.
Now, you, Mutt.
Mutt: Chevy, Toyota, Ford, Datsun.
Boss: Every one wrong.
Come on, Tex, someone's got to get it right.
Tex got them all in the right order.
What was it?

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my new niece, as yet unnamed, who was born yesterday morning.
And congratulations to Emily and Von, the happy new parents, and Aurora the happy big sister.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Too good not to blog

I had to change the video as the original was removed from Youtube. This one is abreviated, but still has the funny parts and is legal to post. (Bonus!)

"In America any boy (or girl) may become president, and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes"

-Adlai Stephensen

There's another great quote that I can't remember exactly and can't find. It goes something like this:

"There's no reason a woman couldn't be president. Women can be in politics, women have been in everything else. But if a woman did make it to the white house, she might not like what she finds when she gets there."

I'll keep looking for that one and post it correctly with the name of who said it when I find it.

BTW, I am pretty sure I am a Palin/McCain (or is it McCain/Palin, lol) supporter. So please recognize I am laughing with and not at her.

tags: Sara Palin Hillary Clinton Saturday night live sketch,

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Oops, I'm doin' it again!

My half marathon was so awesome that I signed up for another one.
This one will be in the Outerbanks of North Carolina on Sunday, November 9th.
>>>Click here<<< for event details and to sign up to join me.
My goal is to knock 10 minutes off my last time of 2:39:34.
I think I can do that just by pacing better than I did last time.
Only 56 days to train. I better get going.

Submarine Races

The US Nautical Association recently held the 2008 Submarine Racing Championships.
Scroll down for pics of the event.

Well, what the heck did you expect to see?!

Friday, September 12, 2008

New Buddies at scouts

Some of you may know that I am the den leader for our cub scout pack.
If you know anything about scouting you are asking, "which den?"
Unfortunately we only have about 6 boys in our pack put together, so, lucky for me, I get them all.
One thing that is fun is that Mark is only 7 and can't technically join our pack for 6 more months. But since I am the den leader he gets to come anyway.
It was a good thing he came last night, because other than he and CJ, no one else did.
Especially since our theme this month is New Buddies, and all of our activities required at least 2 boys.
We were working on teamwork and our first project was to draw blindfolded pictures. One boy was blindfolded and drawing and the other boy gave him directions of what and how to draw.
They did surprizingly well.
Next we had a 3 legged race. Which was really just a lap around the room since there was no one to race against.
They did really well and worked together on the first lap. The second lap they tripped so CJ just picked Mark up and ran the rest of the way with him.
Teamwork at it's best.
Finally we did the "short guy with a humpback" activity, where one child put his arms through a pair of pants and hands into shoes which he rested on the table. The second child stands behind him, inside a large t-shirt that they share, but with boy #2s arms through the arm holes. Boy #2 reaches around and attempts to complete tasks for boy #1, including brushing teeth and eating.
They took turns.
Here were some of the results.

When I got called to do this they gave me the tip: If you're having fun, the boys are having fun.

We all had fun last night.

Tag: Ideas for New Buddies, scouting theme, September 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Where were you when?

Where were you on the morning of September 11th, 7 years ago?
I was at home, babysitting, running between the living room tv and the kitchen where I was making breakfast for the kids.
It may be silly, but when I watched the first and then the second tower fall the words that came to me were from a Star Wars movie, "I felt a great divergence in the force, as though a million voices all cried out and were silenced all at once". -Obiwan Kenobi.
We can not let this happen again.
This is why we still fight. And we need to keep fighting, until the fight is won, to preserve the safety of our nation, and people all over the world.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Who is this?

Do you recognize the person in this picture?
Ok, now stand back about 8 feet and look again.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Bumper Sticker

If you can't laugh at yourself,
I'd be glad to do it for you.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

I Need Blog Help!

I am teaching a Relief Society "How To" class next week on "How to Blog".
I feel pretty confident that I have a general idea of how to do this, but I also know that a lot of you out there have great tricks, ideas, tips and favorite gadgets and components that you like to use and see on other people's blogs.
I am asking for help and feedback.
Please leave me comments and tell me what you like and don't like about my blog, other blogs, your own blog.
What kind of blogs do you like to view?
What sites do you use for pics, layouts, videos and other blog components?
Any other ideas you could possibly share with me?
Even if you don't have a blog, but like to look at other peoples blogs, what things do you like?
Thank you in advance for your help.
I'll thank you again after too.

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Secret of Success

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful."
-Albert Schweitzer
"There is no success without hardship."
"The road to success is always under construction."
-Lily Tomlin
"You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong."
-Warren Buffet
"If A equals success, then the formula is A=X+Y+Z.
X is work, Y is play, Z is keep your mouth shut."
-Albert Einstein
"I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work."
-Thomas Edison (on inventing the lightbulb)
"Losing is simply learning how to win."
-Ted Turner
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
-Bill Cosby
"It is not going out of port, but coming back in that determines the success of a voyage."
-Henry Ward Beecher
"Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things."
-T.S. Eliot
"Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success."
-Dale Carnegie
"I don't measure a man by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom."
-General George S. Patton
"People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. They succeed because they are determined to."
-George Allen

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Just 'cause

A man woke up from surgery in a mostly dark room.
He asked his doctor "Why is it so dark in here?"
The doctor replied "We closed the blinds because there is a huge fire raging across the street and we didn't want you to think the operation had been unsuccessful".
Veni vedi visa.
I came, I saw, I shopped


Hey everybody,
Click over to my friend Pikes Pickles blog today.
She is having a week of give-a-ways with a prize every day.
Just leave a comment and you'll be entered to win.
And if you plug her give-a -way on your blog (like I'm doing) you'll get and extra chance.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

See me run!

I can't post the pictures of me running my 1/2 marathon unless I pay $80 for rights to the photos.
But you can click on >>>>this link<<<< to view them.
I'm number 20758, the one with the purple mardi gras beads, orange lei and white visor.
You might notice that the time board at the finish line says 3:10:00.
This is misleading because my time was actually 2:39:34.
That clock started when the first runners started, but I didn't start till half an hour after that.
I had a chip on my shoe that activated my personal clock when I crossed the start line, checked my time at 5 and 10K and gave me my own accurate time when I finished.
You can view that by >>clicking << here. You may need to enter my bib# 20758.
For some reason in most of these pics my face is red, I'm extremely sweaty and I look like I'm in pain.
And I thought that since I had such a good time doing it I would look like I was enjoying myself and my makeup would stay perfect.
Oh, well.
Hooray Me!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

School starts today!!

All my kids returned to school today.

I get my schedule back.

I get to go to lunch with my husband.

I can take a nap if I want to.

I can go shopping by myself.

I can clean the house and keep it clean for 5 hours.

I can watch what I want to watch on tv.

I can stay sane for just a little longer.

Oh, happy day.
Click on >>>this<<< and watch to feel the way I do. (But for a different reason).
Don't worry, it's short.
Yay, school!

Monday, September 1, 2008

What I got from the marathon

I got all kinds of goodies as a participant in the half marathon.
I got a goodie bag before the race and another one after the race.
I got granola bars, water bottles, sport bags, samples of shaving cream and body glide. Coupons for $ off shoes and rental cars. A t-shirt and a free beer at the end of the race (I turned it down).
I'm most proud of this: My medal and bib number.

You can see the bib number got a bit abused during the race. Sooner or later I will probably lose track of that. But the medal I will hang on to for a long time.

Hopefully I will soon be adding others to the collection.

It's a pretty cool medal.

But here's a picture of one other thing I got from the race:

In answer to some of my dad's questions from his comment under the last post:

The blister actually got it's start during my 11 mile practice run last Monday. It was pretty big then, but not this big.

It popped that day and I have been putting Band-aid brand blister cushions on it.

These are awesome. I don't know if I could have run without them.

But the blister got bigger anyway.

I actually went out and ran 2 1/2 miles this morning to burn out the lactic acid in my muscles to help them heal from the race.

I'll take a day off tomorrow.

The blister popped during todays run. Yes, Dad. I'll be sure to keep it clean.

The race pictures should be available soon. I'll post them as soon as I get them.