I never thought I would stay in an old railroad car, but Railroad Park Resort in Dunsmuir is just that. When looking for possible hotels along my drive up north, I stumbled upon Railroad Park Resort. I didn’t really even know that was “a thing,” but I was immediately drawn to it. I grew up with brothers who loved trains, so I guess I enjoyed them too. I’ve ridden all kinds of trains from the London tube to the metro and subway in NYC. Many moons ago, I even lived right next to train tracks.
2020 was something, am I right?!
Truthfully that title alone could be all I wrote, closed the blog post, and it was done. No one expected the pandemic to last this long. Even me, who sometimes has flashbacks to my epidemiology courses in college. (I got my degree in community health and took courses in epidemics, pandemics, and public health information…)
I’ve thought about doing a personal life weekly recap. I have a lot of friends and family that read LOLZ blog, but I barely ever talk about my “real life.” While this blog is heavily running focused, it isn’t everything I do.
I thought I would start adding more personal life updates as well.
This week was a great week. My sister in law Lindsay graduated with her master’s degree. I made the quick trip down to the DC area to watch her graduation. It was a very good time seeing my family, and I definitely miss them.
Yesterday I got my blood drawn for Inside Tracker. I was given a discount to talk about my experience. To be honest, I was nervous about the entire thing. I scheduled the appointment just over two weeks ago, and I wanted it to be over sooner than later. I’ve never dealt well with needles. I can’t relax enough for them to get into the vein. I also pass out the majority of the time giving blood or getting shots. Needless to say, needles are a big deal for me. I paid the extra fee to have a certified nurse come to my house and take my blood at 7 am. Since we had to fast 12 hours beforehand and I wake up hungry in the morning, this was the best option for me. The Nurse was kind and helpful, and I watched Netflix, which kept my mind off it. Everything went smoothly, and I was shocked at how easy it was.
I decided to try Inside Tracker for a number of reasons. Since we are in the military, I don’t have a Primary Care doctor. It would take a lot of hoops for me to get a “routine blood test” after just getting one from my fracture (only with a few minerals such as calcium and Vitamin D) and the results being normal. The miliary has great insurance, but I have no life-threatening conditions and in fact, I am healthy. My quality of life is fine and I wanted a blood test “just to know” and to make sure that my nutrients are appropriate for running. InsideTracker, while expensive, was the best route for me to take. I have also seen several bloggers and others use and have great success with it. Plus, Insider Tracker gives out fun bandaids.
Since my fracture still doesn’t have an exact cause I’m hoping my blood work might reveal something. Either way knowing that information will be good knowledge to have, and I’m looking forward to the results. Once I have the results, I’ll be sure to talk more about it.
Last night for work we also hosted our first “Paint Your Own Race Medal Holder” event. It was a lot of fun, and we sold out the event. They have painting parties, so we thought, why not a race medal painting party?
Question for you:
How was your week? Have you been busy? Quiet?
Last week I was able to go home and see my parents for New Years. It’s hard to believe I hadn’t been to my Virginia Beach hometown since the RnR Virginia Beach race in September.
I’m close with my family, so it was nice to spend a few days with them. It was a great few days and we got to relax, enjoy New Years and run the Resolution Run.
My mom made the best Christmas gift. When I was younger, I used to play with American Girl Dolls and had everything for those dolls. My mom has a small business and sews outfits for them (as well as other custom made items), so she made a LOLZ running outfit complete with runderwear and all.
When I was much younger, my hair was dirty blonde, so this was me at about age 10.
You can go to her facebook page here if you are interested in her stuff. She makes everything from American Girl doll clothing to baby blankets and bibs. She ships too!
My family, husband and I just spent time relaxing and hanging out. Plus drinking coffee from one of my favorite coffee shops.
After running a 5k PR at the resolution run, we came back to enjoy family time.
One of my favorite desserts that mom makes is her Chocolate Ribbon Pie. It’s a pie made from cool whip, cream cheese as well as chocolate pudding. I’ve never attempted making it because I know I would be disappointed that it doesn’t taste like moms.
After a delicious and fun New Years lunch, we headed back north. I never realized how short the drive from Virginia to New Jersey is when you don’t stop ten thousand times along the way. It’s only 5.5 hours!
Questions for you:
How was your New Years?
Do you like pie?
The point of our travel was to watch my brother graduate college! As fun as the cruise around Manhattan was or traveling New York City, we did come for graduation.
We left around 7:30 and arrived to Matt’s campus at 8.
We were fortunate my dad was able to give him the official oath into the Navy. It was definitely a personal and touching moment for our family.
After receiving the oath, we went and found our seats at graduation. It took place outside (rain or shine and it came close to raining!).
The class had 212 students and the graduation took about 2.5 hours. I must admit the valedictorian and class president’s speeches were both two of the best and funniest I’ve ever heard. They were certainly far funnier than my graduation speeches! They had everyone in the crowd involved.
After a few more speeches and military traditions, the diplomas were handed out.
We enjoyed a lovely lunch on the water near the Hudson River. I wish I had taken a photo because the catering was amazing. We had goat cheese salad and every kind of sandwich you can imagine. I chose the Buffalo chicken sandwich which was popular.
As you can see it was a really enjoyable and great weekend. It was great to celebrate with my family as well as the other families who were watching their sons and daughters graduate as well.
Questions for you:
When was the last graduation you attended?
Do you know anyone in any of the branches of the military?