Hello there. I’m still alive, just super swamped with life. Here’s a little bit of what has been going on.
We bought a new car! After 7 years and 155k miles of loyal service, we decided that it was time to put Little Red out to pasture. We ended up buying a Jeep Patriot (still unnamed).
It is kind of weird to think that 6 months ago we had two cars and now don’t have either of those cars. I know that it is just a hunk of metal, but it is easy to grow attached knowing how many places we traveled in each of the cars. Goodbye Little Red, you’ll be missed!
I’ve already ordered a hitch to put on, but still need to find a bike rack. I really like the Saris Thelma rack, but it doesn’t allow access to the rear lift gate. So, for all you cyclists and triathletes out there, what kind of hitch mounted bike rack do you have? Would you recommend it?
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We sure did. We started out early with our own Thanksgiving celebration a couple weeks ago.
Thanksgiving Day kicked off with a local Turkey Trot 5k. I haven’t run a 5k in forever let alone done any speed work recently so I knew it was going to be interesting. I did the (notso)smart thing by tapering with a 50 mile bike ride the day before hand. Despite it all, I ended up running a 19:02 – only 7 seconds off my PR!
After that it was off to two celebrations with my family followed by a trip across the state for more celebrations with Jennie’s family over the weekend.
After Thanksgiving, Jennie and I celebrated the 10 year anniversary of our first date. Unfortunately the restaurant we went to as part of the date burned down a couple of years ago and they never rebuilt it. So, we recreated the best part of it, the dessert! A giant chocolate chip cookie pilled high with ice cream, chocolate and whipped cream.
Slowly but surely, the bathroom is coming together. I am honestly just not spending a ton of time working on it – a few hours here, a few hours there. I managed to get the plumbing done last weekend which was a huge personal success. Despite a couple extra trips to the hardware store, it went much better than I could have imagined. I plan on wrapping up the electrical and drywall this week. After that, I’ll nearly be to the home stretch with only tiling, painting, and finishing touches left.
And this is going back a couple weeks, but I had the pleasure of accompanying Jason to his first ever Notre Dame football game. And not only that, but I am happy to report that the Texan managed to survive the cold Midwest fall day. He must still have some New Yorker blood left in him after all.
And what a game it was. A triple overtime win made for a super exciting game.
And now, that game is made even better with Notre Dame just capping off a 12-0 season with a win over USC. It is a good year to be Irish!
The light atop Grace Hall – lit again!
Thanks for reading!