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Suddenly Sunday Again

It’s been quite a week… again… sorry… life is getting ahead of me a lot…

This week was StonyPoint Orchestra Concertthe Pre-UIL orchestra concert… which wiped out Tuesday night.  Don’t they look cute all gussied up?  She hates wearing her gown… he actually likes wearing a tux (go figure).

It was a damp and rainy week and that caused me to ache in marvelous new ways… so I watched their concert but went out into the school hallway to lay on the bench and listen to the rest of the concert.  My knuckles and wrists and ankles have been poking at me and it was not always fun.

BUT… This is a picture from laying on the bench….

It was really interesting to lay there and look up at the flags.  I’m not sure what the criteria is for making it into the roof… because there are lots of flags that I would have thought would be there but that aren’t.  China isn’t there… but Japan is.  Mexico is (duh) but not Australia… it was an interesting study in trying to figure out what is going on with the school.

Apollo is a wonderfully happy dogWednesday was the day that bear went to get put on high blood pressure meds.  Thursday I worried all day because his BP went from 183/107 to 90/58… whoah… big change.  He is getting used to the meds but feeling generally crappy.

Friday was work from home…. I was totally freaking out because I was running out of time to get my MTX script called in and (like it or not) I”m kind of hooked on the chemotherapy drugs that are pushing the ouchies back.  BUT Sean came through and called in the meds… which I took.

I actually didn’t feel as crappy when I got up Saturday morning (which is good since I volunteered to work at Vern’s No Frills 5K) and even though I ached a LOT I went and learned and had a wonderful time.  The brindle puppy is such a wonderful dog… cute… chuck full of personality…

In case there was any doubt… the park where Vern’s is held is in Texas.  This is a part of the sidewalk where I was directing the racers.  I thought the inlay is really pretty.  I have never seen anywhere as prod of where they are as Texas is…

I loved being out in the park.  I was SO worried I wouldn’t be able to find the place… it is kind of… over the river and through the woods but it is a wonderful park.  It has two really cool inhabitants…

Not sure of their names, but they know when the caretakers is on her way with their carrots.

Vern’s No Frills 5k is an awesome race… it costs $1 for anyone not under 18 (free for 18 and under).  It was started by a really cool guy who I would have loved to have known who worked to get people to realize that running and walking is fun… thus the race….  It was wonderful to watch the runners (Vern’s has a facebook page where I posted a link to all of the pictures if you want to see them…


The people who ran are wonderful and I think (given what I’ve heard about Vern) he would approve.

The people who run the race (Georgetown Running Club) are awesome supportive people who run a non-profit geared to teaching people that running or walking can just be fun.  And they are right… and this was a lot of fun.

Got home in time to walk to HEB.. 2 Oranges and BP taken… 7 miles…

Today was our Sunday walk.  I love our Sunday walk… The wild flowers are holding on… and they are still stunning.  If I can’t have October in Western PA at least spring in Central Texas are pretty and colorful too.


It is the season for ants to come back out.

Fire ants suck.  Plain and simple.  I wear size 8 shoes… that tell you how big this hill is?  Ankle high… eesh.  And there were hundreds of them all along the walk.  Happy spring.

Walmart had stainless steel water bottle (my Aluminum ones have been starting to make the water taste funny and I did some digging… apparently they can leach out chemicals into the water as well as making it taste weird… ) which I got and we drink lots of water on our walks now (which is good).  It is still as damp day… so I’m achy… my ankles have been really bothering me… and my wrists and knuckles… all week this week.  I have been (stupidly) trying to tough out the stiffness and the ouchies by not taking Aleve… which I rectified today and it made the 21800 steps easier…. still a bit stiff but not nearly so bad…

Vern’s No Frills 5k

I’m going to start driving 13 miles every third Saturday of the month starting on the 16th.  The Vern’s No Frills 5k runs every month… cost, $1 for adults, free for K-12.  I’m going to try to get DD to run with me so she can get more comfortable competing and completing 3 miles
I opted for not running this morning because it is grass cutting day and we are going to walk to Wal-Mart and that is enough for today… going to try to con my way into adding a little extra to the Wal-Mart walk to try to avoid the highway and cut through the park.  That will up that particular walk to 8 miles… that is pretty much the target I’m after this weekend…
Post Walk
I talked bear into walking to Wal-Mart and walking the long way home.  It was a long walk (it ended up being just under 8 miles) but it felt great.  Sweaty… needed to have a LONG drink of water (despite water at Wal-Mart and in the park twice) and a bath.  I’ve managed the water… not the bath yet…
Now, I’m sitting, my feet ache just a little and I’m thinking that the bath is sounding better and better all the time.  I fixed the front door first, though… put on a new door knob assembly… now… that nice cool bath.


I was right… bath was heaven… warmer than it probably ought to have been, but it was wonderful.


Vern’s No Frills 5k – Race #2
Berry Springs Park & Preserve, Georgetown, TX, USA
Saturday, May 16, 2009
8:00 am
Vern's No Frills 5k - Race #2
Vern’s No Frills 5K is just what it sounds like… a 5k with no frills and a price to match!  Free to students K-12 and $1 for adults.
What will you get?  The same certified course every month that is timed.  Water stop on the course and water after the race.  Results posted.  The course is two loops and then a downhill finish.
The race will be every 3rd Saturday of the month at 8am.
At the end of the year, minus any costs, the money will be given to the Williamson County Parks & Recreation.
Name Change
The race has been renamed in tribute to Vern Cantwell, a dear friend who had a fatal heart attack while cycling with friends.  He was the race’s starter and was a runner’s best cheerleader.
Registration – Race Day Only
Race day registration will begin at 7am and arrive early so the race can start on time.
Free to students K-12
$1 for adults (cash or coins only)
Waivers must be signed when signing up for adults & children.
None – it is only a $1 or free to students K-12
None – it is only a $1 or free to students K-12
Packet Pick-up
None – Race Day only registration
North I-35, exit 265.  Stay on access road.  Right at stop sign and stay on tollway 130 access road 0.8 miles.  Turn left at stop sign and travel 0.8 miles and turn left into Berry Springs Park.

Georgetown Running Club, Williamson County Parks & Recreation, and RunTex