The whole reason for going to New England for Thanksgiving was for this party. How could I miss an opportunity to get together with iDad’s side of the family? It was well worth the trip.
These aren’t my best photos, but there are a lot of them. You can find the full set on My Gallery, but here are the teasers.
Cousin C was surprised—mostly that his boys could keep a secret this big!
There was a good bit of dancing done by all. I have the blisters to prove it!
In addition to dancing, there might have been some drinking and some goofing around. Especially by my siblings and myself. If you get to the end of the full album, you can find the photos where Sister-In-Law T tried to convince me that I could lick my elbow or touch my elbows behind my back. I’m still convinced I can do it.
Just one word says it all. “Gov-nah!”
And apologies to Aunt K who wanted to stay up and party into the wee hours of the morning. As I explained, most of my adventures happen before midnight. Otherwise I turn into a pumpkin. ;-)
Recently, Sparkles and my Life Partner discovered that Baby Sparkles has an allergy to tree nuts. It wasn’t too severe, but they were told that it could become worse with time.
Today, the NYTimes reports that scientists at Duke University and Arkansas Children’s Hospital are working on a treatment that involved giving children very small doses of peanuts at an increasing daily rate. Eventually, the children built up tolerance to peanuts. A similar study using peanuts and a placebo is being conducted in Britain.
It makes me wonder if telling parents and pregnant women to avoid nuts is causing children to not build up normal tolerances. I couldn’t find any studies on a first pass, but I don’t know of anyone in my parent’s or grandparent’s generation with a peanut allergy. I guess the reason could be that they were miscarried or died mysteriously as children. But it does make me wonder.
Here is a link to Life Partner's Florida photos. She got some great
ones during the race!
I have a couple hours to kill at MCO before meine Schwester und meine Life Partner show up. So how am I spending the time?
I just killed an hour and a half getting a mani/pedi (and charging my iPhone, w00t!). And now, since none of my foodie friends are around to give me shit about it in person, I am having a margarita and quesadillas at Chili's. I'm sure I will hear no end of grief about this, but look! My nails match the chambord in the margarita! ;-)
Besides, I am going to Disney World. Homeland of consumerism at it's best. So be quiet and let me enjoy my gigantic drink!
Mom and Motorcycle Man left tonight. We had a wonderful trip. Lots of fun in Napa and Muir Woods. A couple good relaxing days in the south bay.
Civil Sarah and Life Partner: you all better watch out. Mom and Motorcycle Man might become my favorite guests. They washed all the sheets and towels and dishes before they left!
I hate shopping.
It is no secret. Drives me crazy. But I wrote before that there are some experiences that make it better. This is one of those cases.
Thursday morning, I went to The Running Revolution when they opened, figuring it might not be too busy then. True enough. Tim and Chris are like the Click and Clack of running. Quite entertaining. Tim helped me find the right pair of shoes. He checked my arches, watched me walk barefoot, asked what size shoe I normally buy, then went into the back room. This isn’t the kind of place where you pick your shoes by brand and color. Tim came back out with a pair of shoes for me to try. A size bigger than I normally buy because people don’t factor in how much their feet swell while running. This pair happened to be a really great color and look.
I walked around in them for a while and told him what was good and bad about them. He came back out with a different pair of shoes. Not as pretty. I walked around with two different shoes on, then replaced the first pair with another pair. Finally decided on the second pair of shoes.
I put both of the Brooks Adrenaline 8 on my feet. Then we went outside with the video camera where he recorded me running. Focused right in on my feet, we watched it in slow motion. I ran straight, good foot placement. No funny quirks or rolling. He confirmed everything Sister-In-Law D said while she was here.
He proclaimed these were my new shoes and I purchased them. Ran two and a half miles in them today. Someone asked how my blisters were. What blisters? The shoes were as if I’d had them for weeks already. Amazing.
If you need new sneakers, I can’t recommend this place more. The consultation is completely free. The sneakers were actually cheaper than I see them online right now (I’d expected I’d be paying more!). And I was convinced that they know what they are doing. The important thing is to make sure that you really pay attention to how your feet feel in the sneakers and be able to verbalize that.
We will see how my nine miles this weekend goes and if I still love my shoes after that.