Wednesday, October 03, 2012

All I Really Want

Fall rolled around last month and so did the heat.   It's not that  bad, really, but when you don't have an air conditioner, most of your fans are broken, and the stores have replaced their summer promotional items (like fans) with Christmas decorations, it kind of sucks.  Last year we had virtually no summer and I guess this is Mother Nature making up for slacking off.  Temperatures have been in the 90s and 100s, even in my neighborhood, which tends to be at least 10 degrees cooler than the rest of San Diego county.

Enough about the weather...

I've been fortunate to be on somewhat of a winning streak, so to speak of.  Over the past few months I've won a Pitter Potter hydroponic planter, Shark Attack pops (like Otter Pops, but with alcohol for adults), a pair of Mizunos, and won two entries to be a guest of Sam The Cooking Guy at a local fundraising event/competition called "Chef Showdown."  

Photo op with Sam.
My date -  Hubs, of course!
A few people have joked with me that I should try playing the lottery...  I must say that I've enjoyed my wins.  I've continued to get a lot of use out of the hydroponic planter and have replanted twice.   The Shark Attack pops came in handy when we had an evening of heat and humidity. You know I"m a sucker for running shoes, but I'm really liking my Mizuno Wave Creations.  I've already logged a bunch of miles on those babies.  The most fun was definitely being a guest of Sam the Cooking Guy.  The Chef Showdown proceeds went to benefit the Center For Community Solutions and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The venue was Liberty Station at Point Loma -- outdoors.  There was a silent auction and an actual auction.  There were several booths and tables set up by several local restaurants and spirits companies.  We received small plates with "bites" of food, but there was so many bites of food that we were stuffed.  I must add that the bites were over the top delicious. We did get to know Sam briefly, but we spent more time with one of his assistants and his assistant's girlfriend.  We chatted so long that we barely paid attention to the actual Chef Showdown competition which was like a version of the shows Chopped or Iron Chef.

I went ahead and joined the track club's Whatever fall program.  I wasn't able to join the summer program because I worked most weekends.  I did attend twice with Hubs, who did join for the summer, but it wasn't enough to fit in any actual training or decent runs.  My Fall Saturday work schedule is somewhat spread out due to the doctor's schedule, which gives me more opportunities to run with my track club friends on Saturday mornings.  With  me joining up with the track club for fall means that I'm officially off of my running hiatus.  I'll be back to half marathon training soon.  I haven't decided if I'm going to run the in Carlsbad half marathon in January 2013 yet, especially since I'm just getting back to adding miles.  I don't even know if Carlsbad is sold out yet. My next half marathon is the San Diego Half Marathon in March 2013.  The fall runing program will get me back on track.  I must add that the long sleeved tech t-shirt is very nice, and I especially like that it says  "Run For Darrel" on it.  This fall session is dedicated to Darrel, a long time track club member who was very ill with cancer.  Darrel was still with us when the shirts were ordered, but, saldly, by the time the shirts arrived he had succumbed to the cancer.  I feel very priviliged to have known Darrel, and I really like wearing the shirt in his honor.

Run For Darrel

Finally, Hubs had complained that we took no vacation time to do anything this summer.  I took a look at the Humphrey's Concert by the Bay line up and Alanis Morrisette was added.  We booked the dinner, room, concert package.  We ended up with one of the rooms just adjacent to the stage and IMMEADIATLY called friends to hang out in our room to catch the show.

"Souleye" opened for Alanis Morrisette.  Not a bad  view from the room, right?
Monday night is kind of tough for most people, but    two really good freinds came out.  While the were there at the show, they saw two of their freinds sitting in the back row and told them to come up, which was wonderful because they are huge Alanis Morisette fans.  Michael and I had awesome seats down on the floor, second row center, and we were so fortunate to get that room so our friends could enjoy the show.

I have to laugh because there are signs saying  "no recording devices allowed," but  security didn't enfore it.
I just wanted to share some of my end-of-summer highlights, and to remind myself that there are a lot more highlights to come, especially when things get tough.

Song From Thursday, August 23, 2012:
What Doesn't Kill You - Kelly Clarkson


Lisa said...

way to close out summer! and yeah, you SHOULD play the lotto with that winning streak!!

Jill said...

With temps in the 90s and 100s, summer is not about to end in your neck of the woods. For us, though, we're to get SNOW on Saturday. Summer done in Denver, indeed :(.

I love your update posts, I feel like I'm talking to you on the phone for some little Irene time! I see on FB that you're running some and glad that the fall track thing is going to work out for you. Hope you're feeling stronger and less fatigued these days.

I'm not a concert girl, but I bet you had a great time. I had to laugh at the freeze pops for adults....YOU of all people and your alcohol. Hahaha.


Black Knight said...

Here it's summertime again. The beaches are full of people.
Yes, you should play some lottery, who knows?
I am sorry for your friend Darrel, now he runs in a better place.
Good luck on your fall running program.
No vacations here too because of my injury.
Glad you went to the concert. I love music.

Anne said...

I miss Darrel. He was one of the sweetest men I'd ever met and taught me how to be more patient with people. Glad you're able to recharge the running, Irene. That deserves one of those alcohol pops!

Aka Alice said...

Oh MY! I'm so sorry to hear about Darryl. Being both out of the blogging AND track club loop, I didn't know I like the shirts too.

I'm registering for the SDTC RnR winter training group again, so we'll get to see each other. I miss you and hubs.

It's a month after you posted this, so I'll just say (as we head into another week of 80+ and 90 degree temperatures, I'm sorta over summer now....

Black Knight said...

Thanks for your kind comment.
All the best.