Hello Monday my old friend...
Friend? Really? ... I guess any new day is a friend of mine, so yeah, I'll call Monday my friend.
Another busy, hectic, reading, relaxing, emotional weekend. I think it basically covered it all
Cue the highlight reel.....
... Thought I was going to run out of gas on the way home again. Seriously, I gotta stop pushing my luck. I used to never do that.
... I haven't used coupons in FOREVER grocery shopping. While sitting in traffic on the way home from work, I went through my coupon book. Do you know I ended up saving over $35 on coupons at my grocery trip! SCORE FOR ME!
... SCORE FOR ME AGAIN when the barista upgraded my Starbucks drink because she said, "You are here every Friday getting this drink"... mango black tea lemonade makes Friday so much better.
... Ricky & I are some wild & crazy kids. We play Rummy & eat potato chips with cheese dip. I know... I know... we need to calm down with this out of control life style.
... Watched the Olympics Opening Ceremony. I hate to say, I wasn't too overly impressed really. I always get a little lost on all the dramatics of the "story telling of a country"... & then, while I think girlfriend WORKED IT, I didn't quite understand what the big thing was about Gisele doing the catwalk thing. I get she's from Brazil... but is that it? I was just a little confused... &concerned she was going to trip over her dress. I guess that's why she makes the big bucks for walking in heels in long gowns.... or in a bra & underwear
... up bright & early to head downtown for a 5k. Now, we all know I haven't actually ran in quite awhile with this stupid dumb stupid knee. Yes, it deserves to be called stupid twice. But I wasn't going to run - just to walk & more importantly, to support a good cause. Pancreatic Cancer. It's shocking to hear the stats on Pancreatic Cancer. It's the fastest rising cancer & the survival rate is just so low. Some changes need to happen. Finding out how its caused so frequently & DEFINITELY for a cure. The promotion for Pancreatic Support is WAGE HOPE... so yeah, we are totally Team #WageHope now! With my uncle fighting it & my grandmother passed away with it - this is something in my family that needs to be kicked in the butt!!!
... It was funny because Ricky & I pulled into the choas of people & was going to pull out the phones to contact my family to see where they were, when we drove right past them! I love when that happens. They waited for us to park so we could walk together to the race.
... We just walked into the crowd & I saw one of my running friends. We actually met doing all sorts of the same races & having some friends in common that run - so now, its just become a thing to see each other in races. She's such a sweet lady - glad to call her friend now.
|(I'm not standing weird for any reason - I was ducking under her wing so I wouldnt mess up her costume)|
... I got to see another friend who was running the 5k. I always know she's at races but we never see each other - so it was great to finally be able to give a hug to her at a race. & I'm not saying I'm lucky or anything, but my hug must have magical powers because beautiful lady came in 2nd place in her age group. OK... OK... maybe she's one tough cookie & is just AWESOME in running. I'll say that's it. Congrats Jennifer on 2nd place!
... It was super cool to see my uncle standing there with the other survivors at the race. They had said there were only 11 other survivors there doing this. He was one of them. & he actually just had chemo on Thursday & STILL came out to do this race.
|That's him in the white hat in the front row|
... Yeah... pray for my uncle. He was diagnosed nearly 2 years ago with pancreatic cancer & has been in remission for the past year. & they recently found it is back. The chemo worked before- it can work again. The power of prayer is something FIERCE too & we believe in it... so lift him up.
... I was really surprised at the turn out for this event. If I understood it right, this was the first year for this event. It was SUPER crowded. & while it had its hiccups in its logistics of the route of the race & the packet pick up, it was still pulled off really well. TONS of volunteers who stood out in the heat & people who you could tell have been touched personally with this disease.
|Behind me... the crowd in front was just as big|
... I loved getting to see my family & get to spend time talking to everyone during the walk. I especially love getting to talk to my cousin. I remember holding her hours after she was born & I just have been in love with her ever since. :)
|See? The open mouth look must be a family trait. It works for us.|
... I also loved getting to see her little girl, who I also held a few hours after she was born. Trend? I think so. Isn't she GORGEOUS? I mean, seriously - gorgeous
... I'm sure Ricky was glad to have someone to talk to besides me on a 5k. Especially someone who knows Ricky's family's stomping grounds in the country of Kentucky. My aunt's family lives down the same way so my uncle knows all about the area. As they say, Vincent's are EVERYWHERE down there. :)
|I love the back of his shirt says "SURVIVOR"|
... Ricky & I made it to Panera right at 11:04. They quit serving breakfast at 11:00. & mercy, the manager was HARSH about, "NOOOOO, we can't do breakfast for you because then we'd have to do it for EVERYONE behind you"... make note: There was no one behind us. Also make note: We did get in at 11:00 but we had to wait in a long line before we got up to the counter. This has a happy ending though. We said we were just going to leave & the manager hff'ed & went to the back to make sure they have eggs left & came back & said, "They only have 1 - if you want more than that, you'll have to go"... customer service much? I dont think so. I told Ricky to take it (his heart was on the breakfast sandwich) & I would get a salad. Who knew it was going to be so hard to eat. Panera is our go-to place though after a race. We couldnt break tradition now.
... The weather people said it was supposed to be a really nice day - the humidity easing up. They were wrong. It was HOT & humid. Maybe not 500 degrees as its felt all week, but it was still 91 degrees by 11:00am
... Finished my latest book.
... did some laundry & cleaned the kitchen. Though can someone tell me why my kitchen can be clean for MAYBE 5 minutes before it looks trashed again?
... Olympics on the TV all day long. Fell asleep watching Beach Volleyball. I am such a Kerri Walsh Jennings fan!
... MSM (Middle School Ministry) - I'm so loving getting connected to the kids & learning more & more of their names & talking to more of them. I just love middle school age kids. I'm so excited to start developing some good relationships that will last years to come.
... Left from church to head straight to my JOY Bible Sisters. I dont know what was in the air, but we all teared up &cried together like 3 or 4 times. & they were mostly happy tears, but we all were saps. ALL THE EMOTIONS. We were laughing about it by the end. But as usual, it was such good talking, good sharing & we had a BIRTHDAY to celebrate. I love one of the precious girls chose to still come on her birthday - even with her family (her sister& mother are in the group). I love that every time we get together, we learn more about each other & just connect deeper every time. I just look so forward to this time with my Joy Sisters.
... picked up some Chuy's for Ricky & I for dinner. No one wants to worry about cooking on a Sunday night.
... MORE OLYMPICS!!!
So what was the best part of your weekend?
Did you watch the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics? Thoughts?
Your favorite Olympic sport?