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More Patron Please

You know what makes Tuesday’s more fun?  Ending the day with a Patron Margarita and dinner with friend!  Kacy is  back in town for more interviews and apartment hunting, and I drug her to Austin Grill in Rockville to have dinner with me.

Patron Marg, on the rocks, of course

To be completely honest, it was the commercials I always hear on the radio that inspired me to try this place.  That and they had a nice patio for outdoor dining.  I sat with my left side in the sun, and now that arm is sporting a pretty tan that my right arm does not have :).

Conducting business deals while sipping on a marg. Kacy says hi.

 Kacy and I both ordered the Patron Margarita to start with, and then also drank two large beers after that.  I love a girl who will sit and drink with me over dinner, haha.  I was really craving nachos for dinner, and the plate that showed up in front of me was a perfect size and delicious.  I ate every single bite.  Not that that is unusual, I typically house every meal I eat.

Can I have more nachos now please?  This is the third time Kacy and I have had the opportunity to hang out, and I can’t wait until she moves here and I can use her apartment’s pool.  I mean, hang out more.  She is awesome and so fun.  Dinner lasted nearly 3 hours, and by the time I hit the road to actually go home it was almost 8 pm.  That’s the sign of a good time at dinner.

Pumpkin was very happy to see my when I opened my bedroom door last night, and she did come downstairs and sprawl out on the hardwood floor for a while before going back to bed with me in the a/c.  She is once again locked in my room today where it will stay nice and cool.  I remembered to throw her puppy in with her to keep her company today though.  When Pumpkin was a baby she stole one of my small stuffed dogs and made it her own, now the thing will randomly move around the house, but you’ll never see her move it.

I think the heat and humidity is supposed to break with tonight’s round of thunderstorms, so hopefully she’ll be back to roaming the whole house tomorrow.  Darren arrives tomorrow for the weekend, and I really can’t believe it’s been 6 weeks already.  I feel like I was in Chicago like two days ago.  I’m pretty excited, plans include a Nats game on Friday, dragging him to kickball on Saturday, the Crime and Punishment Museum, and maybe a BBQ.  Very exciting!

It’s Wednesday friends, we’re almost through the work week, and April for that matter.  Have a good one!

My First 5k

I had a low-key weekend at home, but that doesn’t meant it wasn’t exciting!  Alex, actually decided to come down on Friday night so I picked him up from the train station around 9:15 and we spent the night on the couch with a few drinks and a movie.  We watched Killers with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl, and while I’m glad I didn’t pay to see it in theaters there were some parts that were funny.

Saturday Alex and I set out with the mission to watch college football all day without drinking, in order to prepare for our 5k on Sunday.  This was a pretty easy task until our college, JMU, beat Virgina Tech in one of our schools biggest victories ever.  That’s including our National Championship in 2004.  Going into the game, even our couch thought a victory was out of reach since the big football schools bring in the smaller ones for a pretty much guaranteed victory.  This was the first time JMU (an FCS school) beat an FBS school since 1990 when they beat Navy.  Alex and I were so excited, I may have jumped up and down on the couch, that we decided to split my last purple and gold Bud Light that I’d saved from Homecoming last year.

GO DUKES!

After the excitement of the game, both of us were kind of at a loss for things to do.  We ended up watching a few more college football games, and a really amazing documentary about 9/11 on the History Channel.  It was called 102 minutes, and if you’ve never seen it I highly recommend checking it out.  It’s a compilation of personal footage from the day, and just really powerful.  We ordered takeout for dinner, ravioli for me Chinese for Alex, and went to bed early to rest up for our race.

Sunday morning Alex and I were up bright and early so each of us could tackle our first 5k.  This was Alex’s first race ever, so we were both excited.  The forecast was calling for showers, but when we woke up it wasn’t raining yet so we just kept our fingers crossed.  I made us PB and banana sandwiches, we drank some coffee, and made it to the race about an hour early just as it started to pour.

Rainy race day

Luckily I had experience running in a downpour, since it was a rainy mess during the only other race I ever ran.  Since this was a local and small race, it wasn’t fancy and we didn’t have individual chips to time us.  We lined up somewhere behind the speedy high school cross-country team members, and waited for the “GO!”.  We took off, I saw an opening, and made my way through the crowd of people.

Can you spot us?  I was really nervous about going out too fast in the first mile and burning out, so I tried to start conservatively but I actually think I went out a little too slow.  My first mile split was 9:04, a little too slow for a 5k.  The course led us in through a neighborhood, with a turn around at mile 1.5.  Turn arounds, are not my friend.  I feel like I lose speed and momentum, but I finished mile 2 in 8:47.  Once I saw the mile 2 marker, I knew there wasn’t much left and tried to turn it on for the last 1.1 miles.  Unfortunately by that point, my feet were soaked and I could feel the water sloshing around in my shoes.  The last part of the race was also an uphill, which is just plain evil, mile 3 was 8:32.  My “official” finish time was 27:55.34, but I started about 15-20 seconds behind the main group.  Unfortunately, when I thought I hit the button to stop my Garmin it didn’t actually stop, so I don’t know my exact time.  I think it was somewhere around 27:30ish.  Good enough for 3rd in my age group!

getting my medal!

I wanted to make a playlist full of songs that would pump me up for my race, and I really had fun running to this one.

Alex did awesome for his first race, and finished only about 10 seconds behind me, but he thinks he could have gone faster and is already talking about another 5k.  We both had a lot of fun running our first 5k, but couldn’t wait for hot showers and food.

After we showered and warmed up, we went to my favorite sports bar for a Sunday funday full of NFL!  We watched the first round of games while eating a lunch of Chicken Nachos, then Alex had some buffalo tenders and I ate a cup of French Onion Soup.  The nachos we shared were GIGANTIC!

Huge, but so good.  Alex is a 49ers fan, so we had to stay for the second round of games since the Eagles were playing at the same time.  Unfortunately both of our teams lost, but our Fantasy teams did great!  All in all it was a great weekend, and I was more than ready for bed when 9:30 rolled around last night.  Now it’s back to work and off to another wedding this weekend!

Try to have a great Monday!