Bridal shower the second

First things first—I do NOT feel like death today!  I’m surprised at how good I feel, actually.  I am sore in a few odd places (like my shoulders and triceps) and a few more normal places (hips, calves, and quads), but I don’t feel like anything is injured (yay!) or abnormally sensitive.  I was worried about how transitioning from treadmill to outdoors would be, but it was really seamless for me.  (If only that dang fast mile 5 hadn’t killed me…but oh well.)

All in all I really liked the half marathon distance!  I think it’s long enough to be challenging mentally and physically, but I didn’t feel like I had to go full speed all the time like in a 5K, which can be stressful.  There’s another HUGE half in KC that’s supposed to be awesome on June 5th…but I’ll be out of town for work.  Guess I’ll just have to hold out until August!  I’m excited already!

Last night we went out to dinner and ice cream and I did a bit of shopping.  I rewarded myself with a few good reads for my plane trips these weeks!  (And a really super soft Gap t-shirt.  Gap t-shirts are the best t-shirts in the whole wide world and you’ll never convince me otherwise!)

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I totally love reading, but I can’t really get into the book I was working on now, so I thought this would be a nice little splurge.  (Anyone read these two?  Are they great?)

Anyway, Tim and I slept in this morning.  I was hangry, so we agreed that he would make pancakes while I walked the dog.  Milhouse and I went for a nice long stroll in the sunshine.  I could feel my joints and muscles loosening.   Ahh, the benefits of having a dog!

Finally, we headed over to his Aunt Emily’s house for my bridal shower.  Tim decided he’d like to come, so he invited himself.  We didn’t kick him out!

Look at how pretty the table was!

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We had all kinds of pretty girly food—a nice salad with artichokes, crackers and Brie (in my honor!), chicken salad croissants, and petit fours.  Yum!

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The guests (minus Tim):

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Series of gift opening photos, taken by Tim:

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Tim, of course, photographed his favorite gift—a new ice cream scoop!

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All in all we had a lovely time chatting and catching up and we got lots of great gifts.  Behold! 

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The wedding room has reached new levels of insanity.  That’s not even all our wedding gifts—we have a ton at my mom’s house in Chicago.  Plus, all the wedding junk we’re going to have to take to Chicago!

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As a comparison, that room literally had nothing but a bed and bookshelf in it before the wedding took over.  It’s a great problem to have, but it’ll be nice to clean it out and set up our new things after the wedding! 

This blog post is late because of the following:

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I am paranoid about thank you notes.  For both my showers, I’ve had them in the mail the day after the event.  It’s a personal pet peeve of mine when I send a gift to someone and I get a thank you note six months later…or not at all.  They take five minutes to write, and really, it’s the least I can do to thank these people for being so generous.  (And, frankly, I don’t want to give anyone anything to cattily gossip about.)

So they will all be mailed tomorrow.

Anyway, tomorrow morning I go to get fitted for custom stinkin’ orthotics.  I’m excited!  I just want to be able to keep my legs in tip-top shape for my future running plans and I’m really interested to see how the whole process works.  Whee!

What’s your pet peeve?


9 Responses

  1. I’m reading ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’ right now too. I just started it, but have heard good things about it.

    I agree with you on the thank you note pet peeve. We went to my fiance’s best friends wedding and bought them a gift. We have never once heard thank you from them…either in card or person form. You are right- they only take two minutes to write!

  2. Stieg Larsson is an awesome author. You should read “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” first though. It actually just came out as a movie in Sweden and then they are optioning it for one in the US soon. Happy reading! Congrats on your half! Reading about you makes me want to do another…such a great accomplishment! 🙂

  3. Congrats on the half. I’ve had a burning and incomplete desire to finish one. ALSO… those looked like some tasty treats from Andre’s? They are the best.

  4. We are having them make our formal wedding cake. Nothing beats their cake. You should check them out for lunch sometime if you haven’t already.

  5. I’m part of a book club and read Book Theif and loved it. It’s a little slow moving during the middle but a very touching book. Enjoy!

  6. It’s so great that you aren’t beat up after your race! Just goes to show that you did the proper training and were well prepared for your undertaking. Good work!

  7. Thanks for this post! You’ve inspired me to write the thank you notes for my shower (it was on april 3rd, so I’m not THAT far behind)

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