Sunday, April 28, 2013

At Grandma's table

So, no one wanted to use Grandma's dining table.  Lots of memories there, sitting to Grandma's right, Snick looking hopefully up at me as I looked across the table at my future husband... holiday meals shared, where we'd all laugh as those across the table from Snick would see just her ears flap up as she jumped up in aspiration of getting a scrap... sitting next to Grandma, having to tell her we were going to see Snick for the last time...  helping Grandma up the stairs to join us at the table (or, better yet, being shocked when she just showed up, determined to get up those stairs on her own)... yes, lots of memories.  How to keep the tradition of memories around that table going?  Clearly, you cut it in half-ish.  Hubby decided to cut the table into half tables that will be installed as buffets in the dining room.  So, first, there was the measuring and taping...


And then the sawing, where I got to be his clamp!  This resulted in half-table success...


But, the wood didn't really fit us or the room, so we discussed painting them.  He suggested silver and gold, I thought a little black to echo the dining room table might be nice.  So, he got to painting...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A long catch up

I know, I know... more than 2 weeks.  Sad, right?  Well, we've been busy bees!  First, I chuckled the other night.  It warmed wayyyy up, requiring us to turn on the A/C.  Well, we did.  Nothing happened.  We figured it was because of the crummy programmable thermostat we had.  So, at 10:30pm, most people go to bed or watch TV.  Us?  We install a new programmable thermostat, of course.


Lots of wires, but pretty simple to do.  Unfortunately, this was not the problem.  Some sort of switch had failed.  So, almost $200 later, we had a working A/C again...


Last week, Winston got his first outside haircut.  He was SUCH A GOOD BOY.  He stood still for the entire thing, then posed for some pics =)


At the old house, we were trying to get the lawn mowed.  We sold our mower, thinking we wouldn't need it.  WRONG.  Luckily, we still had Dad's old push mower stored.  Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, Dad and hubby were unable to get the thing to last longer than the length of the primer burn.  So, Sherry came to the rescue.  She cleaned out the line and sanded the spark plugs (I think).  They got it to work for hubby to literally run across the yard, pushing it before it died.  To buy: new spark plugs...


Winston is LOVING this weather, by the way.  So nice to enjoy the outdoors after begin cooped up inside all Winter!


I also got around to some baking last weekend...  Gluten free chocolate chip cookies (easy one - just sub the flour et voila!)...


...and spinach, goat cheese, and cheddar cheese mini crustless quiches.  


I'll post more about we did this past weekend soon!!!  Well, more what hubby did than I... only a month until I start revealing what I was working on!!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Cooper River Bridge Run


There was this run I have wanted to do for years.  But, I didn't have anyone to run with me!  My work running buddies decided to make a weekend of it.  We had 1 family and 1 hubby drop out, but it worked out just fine.  Hubby got to wrangle in 3 women all weekend :)  We stayed at the Inn at Middleton Place.  It was rustic and actually really neat.  The gardens at Middleton were AMAZING.  We got to visit mom and dad for a little bit, too!  This meant a quick walk on the beach and prepping for dinner at their place...



Followed by an awesome dinner at Magnolia's and crashing as soon as we got to the hotel.  It was an early start.  You're required to be waiting for the bus by 6am.  This meant a wake up call of 4:45am and a departure of 5:15am *yawn*.


The race was AWESOME.  40,000 people.  I managed to get in the 4th wave (I was scheduled for the 3rd but missed it - issue trying to get our bag to the transport crew!).  It was a beautiful morning for a run, and the view from the bridge was awesome.  I pretended my running buddy, Bethany, was in front of me and powered up the bridge.  All those people who were passing me in the first mile and a half of flat were dropping like flies around (and in front) of me on the bridge!  But, Bethany always runs up hills faster, so I did too.  I was SO PUMPED to get to the top and know it was all downhill (or flat) from there!  I passed lots of people, a pretty new experience for me, but got stuck behind and slowed down by people slowing down as we got filtered into town.  So, I made it in 59:05 and was runner 8136... doesn't sound too impressive until I tell you I was in the top 20% =)  I'll take that!  The coolest part was that I called hubby as he was coming into town.  We met up for brunch, and Tracie and Erin made it to the finish line in time to join us, too!  We headed back for showers.  After a quick trip around the outlets, hubby and I headed back for a tour of Middleton Place while Tracie and Erin hit the beach! The plantation IS BEAUTIFUL.


 (traditional copy-the-statue pose)

I took lots more pictures and posted them to Facebook because it's easier to upload that way.  You should be able to see them regardless of whether you have an account.  We headed out for dinner last night, and we were all laughing b/c we all looked crippled =)  This morning, I got up for a quick short run to see the property in the morning light...


...Before we headed out to beat traffic out of town.  All-in-all, a WONDERFUL experience with wonderful people.  Wishing my running buddy could have joined us... but next time!

Back at the ranch...

We moved the freezer from the old house to the new house.  Turns out, it fits perfectly in the pantry!  So, added to the "when we sell the house" list is the installation of an outlet in the pantry.  Until then, we have this:


To allow for this to be the latest addition to our pantry!