Sunday, April 17, 2011

Try try tri

Before little Adria was born, I had certain "get back in shape" goals in mind, and I'm turning 30 this year and had wanted to accomplish some things physically to keep myself young and strong. Specifically I wanted my "pre baby body" back , and I decided I wanted to compete in My First Tri on June 5, 2011--a yearly sprint triathlon designed specifically for first time participants. A sprint triathlon starts with a 400 meter swim followed by a 12 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run.

Which all sounds good and well when you're 9 months pregnant and have no necessity or capacity to train for a major athletic event. But today I looked up and realized, the triathlon is 7 weeks away! And due to feeling under the weather, and admittedly just plain lazy, I haven't even gotten started training!

I was a bit alarmed when I started looking online for 7 week triathlon training plans and realized they don't exist. So I suppose I'm on my own, but here I go! I feel like even with the training I'm embarking on yet another adventure, and to tell the truth I'm pretty excited about it. So wish me luck and I'll keep you posted!

Monday, April 11, 2011

6 months

My precious little lovely is 6 months old!

I couldn't be happier or prouder. 6 months seems like a long time, but with her everything seems like a flash. I love her laugh. I love her smile. I even love that incredible frowny face just before the wail comes out. I love watching her play on the floor, flipping from back to belly, then up on all fours and acting like she's ready to go.

Every stage she's reached so far has been my favorite. She just gets sweeter and more active and interesting, and I love her more and more, even though at times now, and definitely at times in the past I thought I loved her so much I could possibly burst from it. My darling Adria, Happy 6th monthday!

My own little Elvis impersonator in her "Vegas Elvis" onesie!

And Adria heard that Easter is coming, so she's getting ready!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Memphis rocks, baby!

So, after making best friends at church and growing to love one another while taking fabulous adventures overseas, the time was right for Jason and I to take another adventure. Next city on our list to conquer: Memphis, TN.

That's right, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Rome, Venice, Barcelona, Seoul... and now Memphis. You know you're jealous! ;)

Jason took me on a fabulous weekend getaway to experience my first real rock concert seeing Kings of Leon (LOVE them!!), and even Graceland! Because really--what IS Memphis without Graceland?? We dropped Adria off at my folks for our first real weekend away and hopped a flight, thanks to many thousands of dollars spent on our American Express sky-miles credit card, and after a SHORT hop, we were there!

We spent the first day hanging out on Beale Street, conveniently located RIGHT NEXT TO the arena where the concert was. And, if I happen to mention that you can carry your beer around Beale Street, and even up to the forum while waiting in line to get in and be the first to stand at the stage for the concert--does it give away too much? This may be old hat to people who have been to concerts before, but remember, this was my very first one! So we got in line a few hours before they opened the doors and quickly made friends with everyone around us, sharing stories and travel tales, and singing KOL songs while we waited. When the finally opened the doors security did a quick once over and we RAN to the table to get our floor pass wrist bands, and then RAN to the stadium floor to get as close as we could to the stage. I could touch the rail, and the guys threw out guitar picks or drum sticks from time to time, right to us! (We didn't get any, but that's how close we were.) It was an awesome first show--not too much pushing and shoving, everybody just loving singing along, and the band was really rocking and sounded great. I may be hooked. :)

We got back to our hotel and ordered a pizza to the room, which reminded me a lot of our wedding night, and then we crashed hard. Seriously, we slept past 10:00 a.m. central time, 11:00 eastern, which I have to admit, I was looking forward to as much as anything else on the trip. But then we were off to GRACELAND! Wahhhh! (That's me going wild. You'll just have to imagine me in all my 50's era Elvis crazed excitement.) I actually expected it to be a bit cheesier, but it was just the perfect amount of cheese, and truly surprising tribute. I came away a bigger Elvis fan.

Check it out! Here's the house--that Lisa Marie knew marketing even when she was a young'un, cause she opened it to the public just 5 yrs after Elvis' death, and kept it just the way he had it. It's 70's-tastic, and that Elvis knew glam-rock before his time.

(Yes, that IS a 360 degree mirrored staircase into the basement.)

Famed "Jungle room" ahhh! (Shame you can't really see the grass green shag carpet on the CEILING there!!)

I'd call this the monkey room. Note monkey statue on the coffee table, mirrored ceilings, and 3 TVs! (As a side note--this guy must have REALLY liked TV and bars... there were lots ALL through the house!)

Pleated fabric ceiling, anyone? Why don't we see more of this these days??

Oh so many more pics to come... but had a little difficulty uploading, so check back for all the really glam side of Graceland!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Car woes

Well, after 4 good years driving the Honda Accord Jason and I bought off a little Vietnamese man named Mai on Atlanta Highway 4 years ago, it is time to move on. Here is a list of what's wrong with my daily:

1. It's got a rebuilt title. Really that doesn't bother me, but it kills the resale... but really, resale of a '99 with over 230,000 miles... I got my money's worth, so no complaining here.

2. The check engine and service light just... stay on. Ironically the check engine light only came on after I checked on the service light, but we decided against a $100 part that didn't really fix any problem we were having. (I can't even remember what the original issue was with that, but not any of the problems listed here.)

3. The car's alignment always seems to pull to the right. Even after I get it checked regularly. I don't even notice it anymore until I get into another car and inevitably end up inadvertently steering into the left hand lane!

4. Sometimes, only sometimes, when you accelerate, the emergency brake light comes on. Not the emergency brake--just the light.

5. Sometimes, only sometimes, the a/c controls on the dashboard will go dead, and you just get whatever it was set on last time you crunk the car. Luckily you can still turn on and off. But just because you were defrosting the car in the chilly mornings and it's 70 degrees when you get in at lunch doesn't mean you can necessarily change it from heat to a/c. Or not. Because sometimes it works!

Well, that's really it. (I'm such a whiner.) The car runs great, accelerates and brakes reliably (or else we would have replaced it a while ago). And after all, it is a Honda, so probably has at least another 70,000 miles in it. But, alas, it is time for it to go.

Or at least not to remain the daily.

So... we shall see what is in store for us! (I have something in mind... if it all works out, I'll be posting pics of my new ride by the end of the week!)