Saturday, November 13, 2010

on halloween this year, mark and i were fortunate enough to complete the marine corps marathon in dc. we trained for about 6 weeks, which as you may know, is horribly inadequate. needless to say, we were both pretty nervous. this was mark's first marathon and my second. i trained for about 7 months for my first marathon, so 6 weeks was a joke and i knew it. up until about 1 week prior to the race i was wondering whether or not i was going to go through with it. BUT i knew that last year when i saw everyone on the metro with their race bags i was really sad that i didn't share in their mixed emotions of excitement, nervousness and general comradery. so, we ran. and as it turns out, we ran well. mark finished with an awesome time of 4:33 and i finished in 4:54, which happens to be 9 minutes faster than my marathon race time in 2008.

here are a few shots of us before the race. mark stretching and us freezing a bit before the sun came up:

i don't have any shots of us after the race since my camera was a in a bag and the bag was in a truck that was too far away for my jello-like legs to handle without a long rest. by the time we got my bag and took off my shoes, all i wanted was for the medics to fix up my toes (some unsavory things are still going on there, but i won't bore you with the details) and get home to rest!

a girls weekend in boston

long, long ago in a faraway land a few of us ladies got together for an extended weekend. since meghan lives in boston, courtney was visiting for a conference and suse was just a short bus ride away in nyc, i decided to hop a flight to beantown and have some fun. of course, we were all sad that rachel wasn't there, but knew we'd make up for it soon. since it's taken me 5 months to download the pics from my camera, i felt like it was alright to post about our trip now, even if it is so late in the game.

one of our first orders of business was to explore a local island that has an old, kind of creepy fortress on it. i think someone else got the fortress shots, but here are a few of us on the ferry:

and below is the lovely view of the boston harbor from the ferry:

later that night we decided to go out for a night of dancing and general good times. of course, it took us a while to get it together:

and finally:

once we arrived at 'da club it was a pretty exciting time, full of crazy stage dancing:

girls in skirts that left little, er, nothing to the imagination:

and boston's version of the jersey shore boys:

of course, we needed some obligatory historical boston photos before the weekend was complete, so we took our own educational tour of the city later that weekend:

and since we didn't want to take ourselves too seriously, just one quick fun shot:

what a great weekend, thanks ladies!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

so it's been a while

in an attempt to avoid the school work that i have to do i decided to FINALLY write the blog post that's taken me two years to write- so here it is.

needless to say mark and i have been through a lot in the past couple of years. we're both in school these days, mark getting ready to graduate from UMD in may with his MBA and MPP (master's in public policy) and i'm roughly in the middle of my MA from GWU in museum studies, set to graduate next december. i'm still working full-time and mark has been interning on top of school, so relaxation is hard to come by these days.

on top of that we bought a house in august right outside of annapolis, right on the water (photos to come soon, i promise!) and we couldn't be happier about it. in the small snipets of spare time we find each weekend, we're busy painting, patching holes, hanging photos, and everything else it takes to make a house a home. there are so many amazing qualities about our new house, one of which is the super huge wrap-around front porch facing the water! the second is the proximity to a trader joe's. i've missed living less than 5 miles from a tj's in the past 2 years, so it's good to be back.

and finally, tomorrow will end our recent bout of marathon training. that's right, we've also managed to sign up and train for the marine corps marathon (although probably not as well as we should have). this will be mark's first marathon and my second, as i ran the MCM in 2008 as well. yesterday was the expo where we picked up our packets, free shirts and bought a few last minute goodies. we're both excited and nervous and praying that we just FINISH since we know our training has been less-than-ideal. if only my legs could just look like this, i think they'd carry me over the finish:

i apologize that this post hasn't had any real photos, but i promise they will be up of the house and of us in the next couple of weeks!