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Thursday, January 12, 2012      82 comments

I’m a loser & damned proud of it! Jan. 1 was my 1 year Sparkversary. So, as seems to be the custom, both for anniversaries and the start of a new year, here is my 2011 retrospective. I joined on January 1, 2011, the result of a New Ye... Read more
Paris Day 3 and going home
Sunday, January 08, 2012      5 comments

Saturday was our last day in Paris. We started early with the Hotel des Invalides / Musee de L'Armee. Napoleon's actual tomb is surprisingly understated from what I had expected. Afterwards we made our way to the Catacombs, where 6 million Pa... Read more
Paris Day 2
Friday, January 06, 2012      6 comments

Friday we started with the Arc de Triomphe, all 200+ stairs to the top as a warm-up for the Eiffel Tower. And this time I climbed straight up the entire way without having to stop on a landing to rest like in 2008 & 2010. And this time I bough... Read more
Paris Day 1
Friday, January 06, 2012      6 comments

Thursday late morning we checked out of the London hotel, had lunch at the tapas restaurant - I had the octopus and a trio of mushrooms sautéd in garlic and white wine garnished with garlic chives, so yummy - and headed to the train station to c... Read more
London Days 6 & 7
Thursday, January 05, 2012      9 comments

Tuesday, once Jacq was with her Dad i took off to do my own sightseeing. My son and I are both interested in military history so I headed to the Imperial War Museum. I had planned to walk there but it was windy and raining quite hard and withi... Read more
London Day 6 - Jacq's Day with her Dad
Wednesday, January 04, 2012      8 comments

Tuesday we finally cornered Jacq's father to spend a day with her here in London. I have been asking him repeatedly for a year - literally one year - if he wanted to spend time with the kids while we were here (our son was supposed to be here t... Read more
London Day 5
Monday, January 02, 2012      7 comments

Today we slept in and got a late start, not leaving the hotel until after 12 pm. We wandered about Harrods department store a bit, having to employ lots of elbow strikes to make our way through the maddening crowds. Absolutely insane. I picke... Read more
London Days 3 & 4
Monday, January 02, 2012      9 comments

Saturday we went to the Camden Markets and spent some time wandering around. It was like a giant flea market spread out down the streets. We also went back to the shopping district to a store my daughter wanted to go back to. After a quic... Read more
London Day 2
Friday, December 30, 2011      3 comments

We did not accomplish much today. After a late start we walked around for a bit trying to find the tour bus stop that we had tickets for. We walked past Buckingham Palace and then found it just down the road. We got off at an early stop, ... Read more
London Day 1
Thursday, December 29, 2011      12 comments

We arrived at Heathrow about 7 am local time this morning. 2 hours later we made it through customs to find that our hotel transport driver left 5 minutes earlier because they only wait 90 minutes unless you call (a fact not noted on our itiner... Read more
A Burpee Christmas
Saturday, December 24, 2011      7 comments

My Burpee seed catalog came in the mail today, completely unexpectedly. I was so excited I read it over lunch. Yes, I am a little to the left of normal lol. A few weeks ago on one of my teams DOGSTARDADDY asked if we planned out our g... Read more
Making my list & checking it twice
Saturday, December 24, 2011      7 comments

Today will be my last shopping run before Christmas and our trip, to get the last few things for dinner tomorrow and for the time we will be gone. For the trip we just need umbrellas and the pets need food & litter for the time we are gone. ... Read more
The agony of defeet
Thursday, December 22, 2011      14 comments

Nope, that wasn't a typo. My feet have been hurting for more than a month. I though maybe it was my running shoes needing to be replaced but they still hurt after I got the new shoes. My specific pain is the ball of the foot. The other t... Read more
Well Jingle my Bells part 2, tortoise or hare?
Sunday, December 18, 2011      14 comments

Last week's Jingle Bell Run I set a PR of 27:15 for a 5k. Today was another local Jingle Bell Run and I wanted to see if I could get under 27 minutes, which was last week's goal. I had my new lined base layer (very soft and warm), my mid-l... Read more
Well Jingle my Bells, I've got Bling
Monday, December 12, 2011      17 comments

Or at least one of my shoes does! Yesterday's 5k was a local Jingle Bell Run and all participants received a pair of jingle bells to tie to their shoe. And this blue ... Read more

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