Holidays 2013

This holiday season was a weird one – Brandon flew on Christmas and we had the hardest time ever getting into the holiday spirit. Decorations were up for … maybe three weeks? and we didn’t even bother with lights this year. That being said, we still had a bit of fun – mostly thanks to events Run Colorado, our running store, held.

Before Christmas, they held an ugly sweater party and a cookie swap party. I used Pinterest to create my fabulous sweater/outfit, but I lost by one measly vote to the eventual winner. Which is okay for two reasons:
1.) I voted for her; and
2.) Winner got two entries into the Ugly Sweater 5K, and I wasn’t really running at the time, so the entries would have been wasted on me anyway.
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Kristen, our winner. Fruit cake guarantees hideousness.

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Leanne, essentially third.

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Yours truly, T the Christmas Tree (complete with tree skirt … skirt)(and second place). Inspiration taken from here and here.

We also had a cookie swap party – we brought sugar cookies (Brandon made, I decorated) and two versions of my thumbprints – the regular, and a gluten free version. These have officially become our cookies – I’ll share the recipe soon.

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Thumbprints seen; decorated sugar cookies in background also ours.

Brandon missed out on my family’s annual Christmas Eve dinner, unfortunately, but I dragged the skirt back out and got to see my niece … who was kind of cranky that night.

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Brandon was gone because he was in Washington D.C. for work. He’s a sneaky one and worked it out with my manager to not work the 26th so I could see him on his long layover. It was awesome not only because I got to see him, but also because one of my old college roommates, Amy, lives just south of D.C. in Virginia and so she and her husband (who I hadn’t met yet) were able to drive up and join us for breakfast the 26th, which was awesome.

After breakfast, we went into the city to see the National Christmas tree.

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Brandon and the Minnesota tree.

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The actual National tree. We were underwhelmed. Maybe it’s better lit up?

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Colorado tree.

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Oh hey look, White House.

Once Brandon was home again a few days later, we did our actual Christmas in terms of opening presents and stuff.

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Presents.

We didn’t do anything really for New Year’s Eve this year except make dinner, but that morning we did go to Run CO’s annual NYE morning run … and got to play with the cutest bulldog puppy, Kona.

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SO CUTE.

Maybe next year we’ll be more excited for the holidays … but looking back at this, it doesn’t seem like it was so bad.

Images of Boston: 2013 Edition

After Ironman, we went to Boston for a few days. Brandon’s team, the University of North Dakota was playing mine, Boston University, in hockey. Since we couldn’t go to Grand Forks last year when BU played up there, we decided to take a few extra days after Arizona and head to Boston.

It was a simple trip – not too much touristy stuff – we mainly walked around a bit on a clam chowder tour of the city – four cups of chowder in two days. But it’s Boston, and we both love the city, so it was worth it.

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Thai fried rice at Brown Sugar Café.

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All my time in Boston and I somehow never noticed this in Copley Square. All the names of the marathon winners (male and female, able-bodied and wheelchair) are engraved around it.

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Brandon in the Public Gardens.

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Awesome knotted tree.

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Bobby Orr “Goal” sculpture outside of the new Garden.

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Chowder stop number one: Warren Tavern, in Charlestown.

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Hey look, Paul Revere!

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North End. Right before pastries at Modern.

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Chowder stop number two: Union Oyster House. Cornbread was fantastic alongside it. This was probably ultimately our favorite of the four.

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Outside Union Oyster House.

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BU dino Gustave at Agganis Arena for the first time (for a hockey game).

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Hockey people will know why this scoreboard is a fail.

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Marsh Plaza.

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Gustave in a BU cycling jersey.

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Dinosaur story time.

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Chowder stop number four: Boston Chowda Co. Not pictured: Legal Sea Foods.

Order of preference?
1. Union Oyster House
2. Legal Sea Foods
3. Warren Tavern
4. Boston Chowda Co.

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Lone remaining Boston Marathon bombing memorial in Copley Square.

Ironman Arizona Trip Photos

Hoo boy, has it been way too long since I’ve posted in here. I’d like to try to post more regularly here, but I’ve got some catching up to do.

Here are the posts I need to do to get caught up to present day:
– IMAZ travel post
– Boston trip
– a holiday post
– a combined third and fourth quarter style post
– Mythbusters exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Important, because I’ll have another Stock Show post soon, too. But, first things, first: IMAZ.

The main chunk of last year was spent training for Ironman Arizona. If you’re curious on how the race itself went, you can read the links from my tri blog:
Pre-Race
Race Day
Post-Race

But the race wasn’t the whole story. There was a drive to and from the race site. There were various photos taken. Here is a smattering:

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The car packed up with all our stuff.

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Stop in the Springs to see our friend Norm.

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New Mexico border.

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Solar panels outside Hatch, N.M.

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Union Pacific train.

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Arizona border.

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The old Lucky Wishbone location on Swan.

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In front of the sign of the new location on Swan.

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Brandon flopped in a hotel.

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Lamp (saw cool angles).

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Random restaurant in Tempe.

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Mike with his chocolate milk.

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Brandon and his chocolate milk (Minnesota boys, I swear …).

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With my incorrect and disappointing galaktibouriko.

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Run gear bags.

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Post-race cigar.

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We did it!

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Northern Arizona.

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Four Corners.

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Four Corners.

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Four Corners.

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Four Corners.

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Colorado border.

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Mural in Durango, Colo.

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Mountains.

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Mountains.