Nov 27

Random Updates

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).

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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And what a game it was. A triple overtime win made for a super exciting game.

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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!
(source: http://subwayalumnistation.blogspot.com/)

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    That #1 is awesome. I hate that the game is 42 days away. They need to lay it now or I need to buy an XBOX and the college football game to play and then return before the actual game.

    Congrats on the new car. Looks solid. I will find out what Juan has for his hitch and I know he loves it.
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  2. Mark in Ottawa

    You’re Alive!

    Congrats on the new car – I hope you’ll get many years of enjoyment from it – you’ll have to let us know what you name it.

    I have the CPE 4-bike hitch carrier I bought from Costco for about $60 – works great and tilts down no problem. I’m sure you can buy more expensive and fancier ones, but I’ve put bikes on it and hit the highway with no problems at all.

    Mark (in Ottawa)

  3. lindsay

    i’m surprised the bulbs still work after all those years of not being lit… 😉
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  4. Matt Smith

    #1: Nice ride! That Jeep looks so sweet and will do well with all that snow up there. I totally understand the getting attached to cars. It’s kinda silly but really is hard to let them go.

    #2: I used a hitch rack a year ago that I borrowed that I really loved. It swung out of the way for the deck lid. It wasn’t this one but a similar design. I liked how sturdy it was and how you could really tighten it down so it wouldn’t sway. http://www.rackattack.com/product-pages/yakima-swingdaddy.asp

    #3: Those pics of your Thanksgiving made me miss you guys!

    #4: How ’bout ND? Georgia is playing Bama (I was born there) this weekend for the SEC championship. That should be a good game…

    #5: You’re the man for being all that you are and a general contractor too. I’m a huge fan of doing my own work on my house and car, and I love that you’re like that too. I can’t wait to see pics of the finished (or in progress) bathroom.

    #6: This is just because I’m enjoying writing numbered responses. 🙂
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  5. Colleen

    Love the new ride. 🙂 Wish I had some tips for the hitch. We have Thule bars on the top of our hatchback.

    Glad you guys had a great Thanksgiving. I love that you do one by yourselves first! We had the Smith’s over… wish you guys lived closer – the 6 of us would be together all the time I think!

    We’re pulling for a Georgia win on Saturday in hopes that they play ND. We’re still Buckeye fans through and through and wonder if they could have been bowl eligible, if they would be playing ND. That would have been a great game. 🙂

  6. katie

    Yes, this was very random.
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  7. Carolina John

    I really hate cars. I try to own them as short a time as possible to minimize the total cost of ownership. I usually buy 5-12 years old and over 65k miles, and keep them less than two years so the resale value doesn’t drop very much and I don’t have to do much maintenance. Glad you found a new steed, but I have a tough time understanding the emotional attachment behind them. My FIL is the same way. He still has a 1986 BMW 3 series that he bought new because it was his first luxury car purchase.
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  8. MJL

    Cheddar’s! Man, it’s been a long time since I’ve had a Cookie Monster. Looks like you could’ve fit one in while near South Bend: http://www.cheddars.com/locations/

  9. Jeff Irvin

    Good looking new ride!

    19:02 is fast dude. Especially with no speed work whatsoever.

    In the near future we should all pick a weekend when a 5k is going on and specifically train for just a 5k. I have never raced one while being tapered and having a done some speed/track/VO2max work. They are always run in the middle of some big training plan.

  10. Mandy

    OK you are just freaking FAST!!!! That is awesome. I don’t think I have raced a 5K.

    Love the new ride!! That is pretty sweet!!!

    WHERE ARE THE BAILEY PICTURES????? What has HE been up to?
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