Monday, May 31, 2010

Pure Bliss!

I have been waiting Forever for the Farm Chicks show!!!
I can remember first learning about it when I lived in Ohio.

(following pictures taken from past Farm Chick shows)





Friday, May 28, 2010

Windermere Half Marathon

If you were to ask me four months ago if I ever though I would run a 1/2 Marathon, my answer would have been no. I never thought about it, nor was it ever a goal of mine. However, it was a commitment I made in February and finally accomplished in May. I am addicted. I am already talking about running another one in the fall.

As I have said before, it was hard to get my runs in while working 50-60 hours a week. After I ran Bloomsday (May 2nd) I did not fit in one single run before my 1/2 on May 15th!!! That's Horrible! I didn't know what to expect. My longest run was 10 miles...and a hard 10 miles at that. I set a goal of 2 hours and 15 minutes. I finished 2:11

Breakfast of Champions ~ Courtesy of Joe

Early Start ~ 7am

aaaaand we're off

2 hours and 11 minutes later...

Right before crossing the finish line.

Joe & his Mom ~ taken right after I finished

yes...the back of my jersey says "Hennessy"!
talking about our strategy

Me, Kelli, Dee, Chris & Siri

We did it!!!

Chris & Siri Herzog are the ones who got our jersey's

Joe's Mom & his brother Noel

and finally the chica that got me into this whole thing!

~ Joe's sister Kelli

13.1 miles = 02:11:42.1 finish time

What an emotional day! There's something about running and accomplishing your first Half Marathon that makes you cry sporadically throughout the day! lol. (I think I might have been missing my family a bit too)...As I approached the finish line, every one's families were waiting for them. Waiting for them with signs and cameras, hugs and congratulations. I was blessed to be greeted by Joe, his mom, his brother Noel, and Kelli's fam.

After going home and taking a nap, we went to his mom & dad's for a little get-together. Here are some pics:


The Lofstedt's

The Hennessy Clan ~Derek, Joe, Jeff, Kelli & Noel

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Joe!

Well, Joe's Birthday was more than a week ago, but I'm just now getting around to posting some pictures. (Does that suprise you?) Good news is we are getting the Internet tomorrow. Yep, tomorrow!! YIPEEE! I am so excited! I have many things to write about and many pictures to 1/2 Marathon...Noel's of my apartment. But, those are going to have to wait for now. At least until tomorrow.

For Joe's Birthday I surprised him with a brand new Mountain Bike. I knew he really really wanted one, but all month I had him convinced he wasn't getting one...

S U P R I S E ! ! !

"Check out my new ride"

He was like a little kid on Christmas Day :)

Happy Birthday Sweets!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Continuation of Mother's Day

If you read my Mother's Day post you'd know I had a pretty long day.
When I got home from work there was a card with "Happy Girlfriends Day" on the outside of the envelope and a "Flea Market Style" magazine. (my favorite!!)

I Love my boyfriend!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

Set my alarm for 5am so I can call my mom and wish her a Happy Mother's Day before she goes to bed. (she works mid-nights and gets off work at 8am) She's expecting my call at 10amEST, but I don't want her to wait up for me.

I fail to wake up.

My alarm precedes to go off for another 2 hours, every 5 minutes as I keep hitting snooze.

By the time I wake up at 7am, I'm confused as to why my alarm has been going off all morning...can't remember if I have to work at 7:30 or 8:30...and crap, when am I suppose to call my mom? it's too early to do the math! ...10:00 ohio time minus 3 hour difference= 7:00am...

ok, that's right now.

I call mom. Then realize I have 1/2 an hour to get to work.

Feel bad for talking to my mom for a total of 2 minutes, but I promised her I would call her later in between jobs.

No time to shower.

Quick breakfast.

Throw hair back and out the door.

Get to work and realize they might send me home an hour and 1/2 early if we're not too busy.

We're slammed.

All day.

I'm in charge of ringing front.

Nothing but children and their Mothers... Son's buying gift cards... Daughters having coffee with their Moms.

I miss my Mom.

Time for my lunch break.

I can't even hold back the tears long enough for me to get to my apartment.

Bawl my eyes out.

Call my sister.

She consoles me and calms me down.

My sweet boyfriend has left me a turkey & cheese sandwich in the refrigerator along with an apple, a baggie of doritos, and a butterfinger.

Back to work. (with red eyes)

Fellow baristas notice I'm a little glum.

Keep it together Tabitha! no tears at work!

But I still miss my Mom.

and everyone is with their mom.

Before Darylann leaves work she asks if I like hugs. I look at her funny and say yes. She gives me a hug and tells me that she understands what I'm going through and she hopes my day gets better.

I tear up.

I get to leave work early. yipeeee!

Now I can shower.

Have one hour before I have to be at the Golf Course.

Drive over to Joe's parents for a cookout.

Fun festivities. Grilling out. Cornhole. Little kiddies running around. Noel making homemade guacamole. Chaos.

I don't want to leave.

Cry as I walk to my car.

Miss Mom.

Finally get a chance to call her.

Wish I could be with her and give her a hug on Mother's Day.

Break down and cry on the phone. Tell mom I miss her.

We talk about her coming to visit.

Brings a smile to my face, but feel bad that every penny she is saving is to come see me.

Get to work. (with red eyes)

and still here at 8:40pm

thinking about my mom and how much I miss her.

Monday, May 3, 2010

My First Bloomsday!

As most of you know I am training for a 1/2 Marathon... the big day is May 15th. Coming up here real soon!! When Joe's sister, Kelli, asked me to run it with her I laughed. I am not a runner. I played sports in High School, but the last time I really ran was the summer after I graduated in 2011. I thought about it for a few days (back in Jan) and decided to make the commitment. I am so glad I did!

I decided to run Bloomsday this past Sunday. For those of you back in Ohio, Bloomsday is the largest road race in America. It is a 7.46 mile race through Spokane, with over 50,000 participants this year! Google it! I was a little nervous to run the race b/c my training has been so pathetic this past month. It has been so hard to fit in my runs when I now work 50-55 hours a week. I think I calculated that I ran a Total of 15 miles for the month of April!! (I should be running more than that per Week!) You know your in trouble when someone asks you "how's the training going?" and you don't even know what they're talking about! Training? ...obviously it isn't going well b/c it's not happening.

So as the 1/2 Marathon approaches, and my last long run and longest run so far (10miles) took place in Ohio when I was visiting the fam (over a month ago!!) I needed a little pick-me-up. I was in much need of some kind of motivation...I needed this race to go well to boost my confidence and it did just that. My goal was to run it in 1:15, my final time ended up being 1:11:54 (that's a 9:38 mile)

This was my first road race and I'm not going to lie, as I neared mile 6 I almost began to cry. LOL!!! I brought my IPod with me (or I should say Joe's IPod), but didn't even turn it on. There was just too much going on along the way...bands playing, people singing, people cheering people on, photographers...I had so much fun listening and watching everything around me I didn't need my IPod. But, 7miles of no IPod and no one to talk to, you think about a lot! And at mile 6, close to the finish line, that's when I had this huge sense of accomplishment. haha don't laugh! (I can be a bit emotional at times.) But I had so much fun! I can't wait to run it again next year and knock some minutes off of my time.

And if you want to laugh, check out the link will find some candid pictures of me running Bloomsday! Let me warn you, I am not a graceful runner! There are a couple of pictures where I'm not sure how my foot is even pointing in the direction that it is.