Monday, April 28, 2014

Race #4 - First 10K- Hell Yeah!

My resolution was one race a month of varying distances... so.... I ran my first 10K - 6 miles - Yes!  I signed up for the Manassas Runway 10K!  Key word.... RUNWAY!  I knew if I was going to try and run that far, I wanted it to be a flat, easy course.  There's not much flatter than a runway!  Gotta admit, pretty nervous...

But I did it!  59:43.  9:58/mile!!  I felt really good about it!  Yeah for me!  6 miles, I can't believe I ran 6 freaking miles!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ptero "duck" tyl

At the Regatta yesterday, I found the most amazing thing!  We've had some storms lately and there has been lots of debris in the river.  When we got to the Point, this was waiting for me....
Is that not the most AMAZING piece of driftwood there ever was!!  It looks like a duck, obviously, but it also has a big spike on it's back kind of like a dinosaur.  I couldn't take my eyes off of it!  When it came time to leave, I just couldn't leave it there, so we threw it in my launch and it came home with me! 

Everyone needs a Ptero'Duck'tyl as lawn art.  I LOVE him!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Al Urquia Regatta

Art and Karen came down for a visit, Brenna is home to AND.... she brought her boyfriend home to meet us!!  Cameron Baumgardner!  He's very cute and very nice!  We like him a lot - big props to anyone who will come home to meet her parents AND her grandparents.  He hung in there like a trooper, even though when Karen found out he was a geology engineering major, she brought every rock she found at the regatta to him to identify! :o)
The boys raced a Light 8 again and came in 2nd (out of 3) but who's counting!   I think it's easier to just recap in pictures!
Getting his coxswain on for the row back - he is so damn handsome!

Cameron - such a good sport

Blowing the Viking Horn

The whole gang

These boys crack me up!

There's only one real coxswain in this picture and she's a good sport.  I hope all the boats make it safely!

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Brenna couldn't make it home for Easter, she's going to come home next weekend instead.  It was a very low key Easter.  We did our typical Cul-de-sac BBQ.  We always have a nice time, good wine, good food and friends.  The big kids hide eggs, at least 200, for the little kids and the grownups hid the big eggs (one each) for the big kids.  Then the hunting begins.  At least this year we could hide outside instead of hiding them all in our house again.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Smokey Jacobs Regatta

Once again, Spring Break has passed in a blur of practice and rowing and I don't even know what else.  I've only run once... I'm not sure what I'm doing with my time!  Smokey Jacobs Regatta... rowed Light 8, but in the 2nd 8 category and came in 4th by a hairsbreath!  As a matter of fact, even the boys thought they came in 3rd.  Good Showing.  Still having fun coaching although most of the time I just feel like I'm following along not really serving any purpose, but Mike and Beca don't seem to mind, so I'll just keep on keeping on!
More puppy piles with go-gurts!

Right in the mix, so amazed every time I see a close up picture like this!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Evil in a bag

Doritos have always been a dangerous snack, sort of like Lays... you can never just eat one.  Whenever I'm craving a salty, naughty snack, it's always Doritos, particularly nacho cheese Doritos, that I want.  A daily battle....
Well, then I stumbled upon Evil in a bag....
At first taste, they were just okay...but the more you ate, the more they sunk their evil taste claws into you until you were eating them like a crazed junkie trying not to lick the inside of the bag!  Needless to say, I won't be buying these ever again!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Darrell Winslow Regatta

And the regattas just keep rolling on!  It's like a never-ending hamster wheel... Work, practice, regatta, work, practice, regatta.  In between we try and live a little bit of normal life. It's mainly a blur!
Shook it up a little bit this regatta and rowed a Lightweight 8 this time. Zack still rowing the stroke seat.  They came in 4th, with their goal of staying close to TC Williams.  They were within 6 seconds.  Making strides, making strides.
Finally some nice sunny weather and good rowing!
I have never in my life seen a group of boys as comfortable with intimacy as these boys.  Every regatta they are like a big pile of puppies, snuggling under the tent all on top of each other.  There are definitely no personal space issues here.  As a matter of fact, we've been trying to determine if issues of "purple" apply to the boys. (boys are blue, girls are pink - if they mix together to closely they make purple.  No purple allowed) If they were boys and girls we wouldn't allow it, but if it's all boys or all girls, should we intervene?  Personally it doesn't bother me, I think it's kinda cute.  I'm glad they are all that comfortable with each other.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Walter Mess Regatta

Not sure what to even say, except that Mother Nature is just a vengeful witch of a deity!  Today is was wind!  The guys got their heat taken care of... 3rd so on to finals... but then the winds came down!  Or I guess came up and they cancelled the remainder of the regatta.  Sort of unsatisfying!
But the heat was exciting!!