Late to the game…really late.

Posted By: randomandodd  //  Category: Random

I found my old music player and decided to just give up on the piece of shit Ipod that has a battery that lasts about 30 minutes with a full charge.
I needed to order a new charger and transfer cable because I had not used it in about a million years and moved 3 times.  When I finally got it all charge I noticed it had a folder for podcasts.
During a FB conversation with fellow runner, Amanda she said she listens to books on audio while she runs.  For the record, I was SHOCKED she listened to such cheesy authors. I mean, FLUFF.  I can’t judge, because I admitted to reading them when she admitted to listening to them.

Podcasts.  Anyway, during a half marathon I aided last year, I met the guy that actually runs one of the bigger websites that have podcasts for trail and ultra runners.
Now with my music player and a slight interest in podcasts, I downloaded a few and took them on a run with me.  I loved it.
I’ve seen people with their earphones in on street runs and I tried it, but I guess I am don’t like music enough anymore to really get into it.  All I could think about was the length of the song and how I had just ran through 6 straight songs and I was using it as a way to time myself, which is bad because I am slow and I don’t want to know  how many songs it’s going to take me to get back to the car or the house.

Today I am downloading podcasts like a fool.  Victoria and I start our plan for the year on Monday and it involves a crazy amount of time running and in order to not get bored  I need to listen to something and have something to look forward to.
I’m going to need to find a way to get out of the normal rut of same place running and pick some new places. If I MUST be on the pavement, can’t it please not smell like exhaust fumes?  I do like Sculpture park, but after running it a few times, it got boring.
The urge to get back on the trails is overpowering, but I need to get Victoria to her half marathon and then I know she will be ready to venture out and be able to bring other people into this and teach them.
As soon as that is over, I’m back on the trails!

I am still in constant contact with Kate.  She insists that I have been bit by the Getty Bug.  She’s right. I am all Team Getty right now.  Can’t wait to get my Team Getty tank top!
Part of being a team member of Runs With Rusty Scissors is having a fundraising project.  We have a booth at the Getty Owl Run that will help Birdie with her fundraising project. Victoria holds a hockey tournament in the middle of the year and I have decided that I will do benefit hike.
I’m not sure what the others have going, but I am all about making sure that everyone succeeds and  I’m fired up to help them reach their goals.

This year is going to the best year….so far, so good.

Posted By: randomandodd  //  Category: Random

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On Sunday we met up with Ashley and all her close friends.  This was going to be a big night for her as she was going to ask her girlfriend of about 3 years to marry her.

I held on to this secret for months, even from her dad.  She came to me to make sure that I would be here for this package that was coming in the mail.
“You’ll be here right? You’ll sign for it right?”  I assured her that I would.  When Ashley is excited about something she can not hide it.  She had the biggest smile on her face and was busting at the seams.  “Spill it, buttercup!”   She told me what the ring looked like and I asked her to tell me again what it was.  “A promise ring.”  I rolled my eyes at her. “That’s an engagement ring, doofus.”  She kicked around the word and her smile got even bigger.  “Yeah, well. We’ll see.”

The ring came and it didn’t come in a box like I thought it would. She texted me a few times and I told her, no it wasn’t there.  Then we figured it would be best if I opened the envelope to see if that was it.  It was.  No box.  I told her that I would go into the jewelry store and get her one.  You would think I was asking the ring store for the crown jewels or something!
She called me to make sure that we would be there on Sunday.  I told her maybe.  “WHAT?”  She explained that she was going to ask Taryn and then I assured her that I would be there and I would tell her dad what the fuss was all about and why he should be there too.  He, of course agreed we would be there.  He wasn’t going to miss a big day in his Scooter’s life.

That morning we all met to get family pictures done.  I made sure to take some of just Ashley and Taryn.
I took Ashley aside and asked her if she was going to do the whole shmeal. The whole down on one knee thing.  She said she didn’t know what she would do. I joked, “You better drop to both knees and beg that woman!”  She laughed and we made some jokes.

The time came, Ashley dropped to both knees!  I tried so hard not to cry as I saw Taryn burst into tears!  Ashley was all smiles.  Her daddy was all smiles and she was surrounded by all her friends and family.  It was such an amazing day from start to finish.
Taryn walked around the hockey rink showing off her ring and smiling so much I thought she would hurt herself.
I asked her, “Betcha didn’t know you were getting your engagement pictures done this morning!”

Congrats Ashley and Taryn.  Here’s to a whole lot of pictures on your wedding day!  I love you both!