Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hello, 2013! (Part II)

Check out Hello, 2013 (Part I) here.

In early February, my friend Sarah came to visit Ellie and I! Sarah lives in Alexandria, VA. We had a really great time enjoying margaritas...

 and painting pretty pictures of the Alamo!

The next weekend, I was able to go out to Washington, DC and see Mike for a few days before he left for Afghanistan. We stayed in Old Town Alexandria and spent time with each other and with friends. We managed to see Sarah (again!) before she left for a work trip overseas. I got to meet Mike's friend Patrick, whom I've heard so much about since I met Mike. Patrick was originally slated to be one of our groomsmen, but ended up being deployed at the time of the wedding. We also spent a whole day relaxing with my mom at her house. It was a very relaxing (and cold!) three days, but I enjoyed the extra time with him before he left.
The last photo of us together until August!
On the way home I learned the beauty of the USO at the airport. Free ice cream, food, and wifi as well as comfy theater seating in front of a big screen.

At the end of the month, our friend Onae, who moved to Kentucky last May, came to visit us in San Antonio. We all got together at Clarissa's one night and hilarity ensued:

Talk about coming in like a lion... On the first day of March, my work team went on an outing (most teams do these quarterly). This time we went skeet shooting. That's right. I learned how to shoot a shotgun! I was a bit nervous leading up to it, but in the end it was pretty fun! We had an instructor, too, so he made sure that each of us shot at least a few targets.

That weekend, I volunteered for my favorite Spina Bifida Texas event, FashionAble! This program pairs local high school fashion design students with disabled children. The design students design and make an item of clothing for the child and then they both show the piece off at a fashion show at Morgan's Wonderland, an amusement park for people with disabilities. It is always such an inspirational event to see the high school students bonding with their models and then seeing the audience react when the children walk out on the catwalk. There probably aren't many bright days for these children, and seeing them soak up their time in the spotlight is so uplifting!

That weekend I also ran in the Alamo City Run Fest 10K! It was the first year for this event and I ran with Team Rackspace. My goal was to run the 6.2 mile race in less than an hour. It was a lofty goal as I'd have to maintain less than a 10 min/mile pace and I hadn't gotten much training in. I managed to scoot across the finish line at 58:35 and ended up 16th in my age group! Not bad! It left me wondering what would have happened if I'd really dedicated myself to training!

Alright I think we're all caught up for now! :) I'll be sure to post more regularly in the future! With Mike being gone it seems like I shouldn't have much of an excuse not to write, but I'm so fortunate to have such and amazing group of friends here and they're keeping me extra busy!

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