Friday, July 30, 2010

C25k - Week 1 report

  • 5 min Brisk warm up walk
  • Alternate 60 seconds of running followed by 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
  • 5 min. cool down
Day 1
1.78 mi / 00:30 - 16:51 pace
I was a little nervous going into my first day of the "Couch to 5k" program, but I did it!!! I didn't die, pass out or even stop! wooo! I was cautious and took ibuprofen before bed.

Day 2
1.82 mi / 00:30 - 16:29 pace
It really took a lot of self convincing to get up and out of the house for my day 2 workout. I really didn't want to... but some how I managed. Thank goodness! I really wanted to see if I could (and I did) improve my distance... because after all, the goal is a 5k!

Day 3
1.86 mi / 00:30 - 16:07 pace
I improved my distance again! The run went great and I was lucky to have the fan pointed on me at the gym :-) I've been feeling a little tightness in my hips and the beginnings of shin splints...

Random Thoughts
I'm starting to really believe in the program already. It might be too early to say that, but if I can do this, you certainly can! Thanks everyone for the support in the last C25k post!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Apple Annie's

Last fall I wrote about our trip to Apple Annie's. It was a lot of fun, and since it's peach season - we decided to head out there again.

Between the Peaches

We walked through the rows of peaches, I grabbed one peach and took a billion photos. We decided to buy the already picked peaches and were very happy with our decision. We got perfect peaches and they were ready to be eaten the very next day! The best part though... we didn't get hot, sweaty and dirty picking peaches ;-)


After we got our peaches we got in the car and headed over to the produce stand. I snapped some more pictures while my mom bought some sweet corn.

Apple Annie's Apple Annie's
Apple Annie's Apple Annie's

They were also roasting some of the corn there. I couldn't resist the smell - so I treated my Mom, her husband Dan and myself to some roasted sweet corn. At $2.50 each... it was worth it. You were given your corn and then you could dip it in a crock pot full of melted butter. It doesn't get any better than that people!

Apple Annie's

Okay, I lied... It does get better than that. My mom made a DELICIOUS peach pie.


Please visit Apple Annie's website, and if you're in the Tucson area.... the two hour drive is worth it ;-)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Couch to 5k

I'm going to attempt the Couch to 5k program!

It should be interesting... considering I am really really out of shape... but it's worth a try! I'm starting today and plan to update my progress here weekly as well as on my DailyMile page.

I'm honestly interested to see if I can even do the first workout.
Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
I'm planning on doing a 5k November 14th... Wish me luck!

Sunday, July 25, 2010


I got cache #390 yesterday while out in BFE.... 10 away from #400! Getting close.


The cache was down a dirt road near an old farmstead.

Old Farm

I guess it wasn't completely out in the middle of nowhere...
I mean.... we did get muggled!


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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mystery Plant

We discovered a new plant in the desert today!

We were down in Wilcox today, about 70 miles southeast of Tucson. While driving around in the middle of nowhere we noticed this weird vine randomly growing along the side of the road. I ordered the car to come to a stop so I could grab some pictures...

They kind of looked like watermelons...

...But they are not quite the size of real watermelons.
(I took this shot a little farther down the road at the produce stand.)

The size of the mystery melon was more comparable to this...

As soon as I got home I did some Googling. It turns out these little things are called Coyote Melons and they are part of the gourd family.

Here is some more information from The Living Desert...
The pulp within the fruit is unpalatable, but was utilized by native people and during the depression, for soap. Clothing laundered with the soap reportedly helps to repel body lice.

The seeds are edible, unlike the pulp, and contain value as a source of protein (31%), and cooking oil (30%). The dried gourds have been used as rattles and containers. After the plant has gone to fruit, the stems dry up and wither away, later to re-sprout from the tuberous root once sufficient rains return.
Interesting Stuff! You learn something new every day!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Jessica's Wedding - Part 3

Walking down the isle.
Jessica & Her Dad


The lovely couple arriving to the Reception in style!
Chicken Limo Chicken Limo
Chicken Limo

You can't have a wedding without cake!


That's all for pictures.

Congratulations Ryan & Jessica!

Jessica's Wedding - Part 2

Picture Time!

I love this picture!

Alison Helping Jess Touch Up
Jessica Snack Time

Me and the Bride!
Jessica & Erika

Jessica's Wedding - Part 1

My best friend just got MARRIED!

I was the Maid of Honor at her wedding in Indianapolis on Saturday. It's the first big wedding I've been in and it was awesome! I took as many pictures as I could and wanted to share some... I'm probably going post about the wedding for a couple days ;-)

Rehearsal Dinner

Rick's Boathouse
The dinner was at Rick's Cafe Boatyard. The views were awesome and the food was delicious!

Rehearsal Hair
Jess got her hair done before the rehearsal and dinner, so her stylist had some extra practice for the big day.

Jess & Ryan on the Lake.

The Groom's Father gives a speech.

Pretty reflections on the lake.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Crown Hill Cemetery

This morning I talked my friend Jessica into taking me to the local cemetery for some geocaching. With all the chaos of wedding planning, I'm so happy she was able to swing it. Thanks Jess ;)

It turns out the local cemetery is the nation's 3rd largest!

Crown hill Cemetery

The first cache we grabbed was inside this grave locator - It was a magnetic micro.


Next we headed to the top of the hill for a virtual.



I found the necessary date so I could claim the cache... Then turned around... Look at that view!

Downtown Indianapolis

The last cache was a micro hidden near this memorial. With all the baby gravestones around, it was rather sad :-/


That's all for caching in Indy this trip - I'm really hoping to hit 400 soon ;-D

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fluffy Stuff


Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me.


Sunrise. Twice in a week. That's got to be some kind of record... for me anyway.

Gotta love a red-eye.

Wedding Gift.

I'm in Indianapolis right now... so let me first say, this is a scheduled post!

I wanted to give my friend Jessica and her husband a wedding gift a little more personal than a salt and pepper shaker. After browsing the web a bit for ideas, I decided a nice cross stitch to represent their beautiful day would be perfect. I was trying to find something more modern looking, and this pattern was perfect.

I started June 5th, when I received the pattern in the mail.


I worked on it here and there. Mostly when the little girl I babysit was napping...but there was the occasional late night.

(bad lighting... and bad correction, my bad!)

Anyway, exactly a month later I finished it!


And then the next day I went and got a matte, a frame and some foam board... and got to work!


Yey! I love the way it turned out! I hope they like it ;-)