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Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my dad’s birthday.  Happy birthday Dad!

I can truly say I’m very lucky to have him in my life.  He has always been there for me; whether it was moving to college each year, moving to Texas, helping me with life problems and issues or even inspiring me to begin running a few years ago. He is the best.

Thank you dad for everything and Happy Birthday.

Thank you for making fun of me when I photograph coffee.

Thank you for making fun of me when I photograph coffee.  (What he thinks I look like…it’s accurate)

 

Looking nice

Looking nice

One of my first road races

One of my first road races

My dad:  I don't want that specialty ice cream crap.  I just want plain vanilla ice cream...I'll be bold and go with a cone.  Put this on the blog, I never eat ice cream...I'm treating myself.

My dad: I don’t want that specialty ice cream crap. I just want plain vanilla ice cream…I’ll be bold and go with a cone. Put this on the blog, I never eat ice cream…I’m treating myself.

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Happy Birthday Baby LOLZ

Last week wordpress sent me a “trophy”.  I like that even blogging is extrensically motivated in that you get trophies on occasions.  I didn’t know what I had done this time…(HA) but wordpress informed me August 6th is my blogging anniversary!   Funny enough, LOLZ is no longer a baby or even a toddler.  BabyLOLZ sounds so precious though…

I always remember that I started blogging in early August but can never remember the exact date.  I think every year it informs me and every year I say I’ll remember.  (Can you tell I need a planner to keep track of birthdays, anniversaries and life events?  Blogging is just blogging…so I don’t feel guilty for forgetting every year…

It just so happens that I also hit my 1000 #coffeeaday streak on Instagram a few days ago. I decided to stop while I’m ahead and keep my 1000 day streak at that…1000. It’s been a few days since I’ve taken a coffee picture and I’m at peace with it. Nothing goes on forever….does this mean I’ve stopped having coffee? No, of course not. I will still post photos here and there but I probably will never begin a streak again.  It seemed like the perfect opportunity to stop.

So with that, Happy Fourth Birthday LOLZ!

I could write multiple posts reflecting on everything I’ve learned, accomplished, failed and done in the last four years but that would literally be four years worth so I’ll keep it short.

In summary here are the last four years:

Year 1: I was in college studying both math and education.  I began running.  I was still swimming but I decided to run and swim in college.  I had a great year.

The Maths: Proving why a triangle is a triangle...at a diner.

The Maths: Proving why a triangle is a triangle…at a diner.

The maths.  Proving why a triangle is a triangle...

The maths. three weeks later…Still proving why a triangle is a triangle…

I swam miles and miles and miles...actually I swam distance events in college 1000/mile! Super #tbt

I swam miles and miles and miles…actually I swam distance events in college 1000/mile! Super #tbt

One of my first XC races.

One of my first XC races.

Year 2: I quit swimming and changed to a public health major with a math minor. I had my first major running injury (21st birthday stress fracture!) I ended relationships (both friends and a long term boyfriend) and grew as a person.  I began my senior year rejuvenated.  Senior year was the most free I felt during college (except for the beginning of freshman year).  I had a great year. Oh and I graduated college!

Doing my public health senior seminar paper...being a new rejuvenated woman.

Doing my public health senior seminar paper…being a new rejuvenated woman.

Winning my first half marathon in Plattsburgh!

Winning my first half marathon in Plattsburgh!

Falling on ice and breaking my arm.

Falling on ice and breaking my arm…then going to the bar!  I think I have the thumbs up because I had decided I was going to the sketchiest bar in all the land wearing that.  (YAY Streets)

Going to the bar in my human discoball outfit. (IE: Gold express dress)...oh and meeting Tim too.

Going to the (the lesser of sketchy) bars in my human discoball outfit. (IE: Gold express dress)…oh and meeting Tim too. 😉

Better reference for the dress.

Better reference for the dress…at the bar. (There is so much going on in this photo how can you not LOLZ).  

Year 3: I moved and worked at SUNY Oswego.  I made great friends, learned what real life was all about.  I ran a lot.  I had what I consider my first breakout race (Nike Women’s Half).  I became extremely close with both Heather and Laura.  I learned about true adulthood and real life responsibilities. I learned that I really enjoyed not being in college. I maintained a long distance relationship with Tim. Then I moved back home to VA one last time for the summer.

At the Walk to Save Lives Fall 2012

At the Walk to Save Lives Fall 2012

Look mom I have really good friends!

Look mom I have really good friends that helped me get through this point in time.  This is from February but I love this photo so that’s that. 

Year 4: I was invited to run for Oiselle. I moved in with Tim in Texas.  I lived in Texas for 6 weeks and then moved to New Jersey. I raised 2000+ dollars for Ophelia’s Place and Eating Disorder Awareness and won that half marathon.  I ran my first marathon and began working at a local running store.  I got engaged.  I developed a love for diners. Oh and I PR’ed again at the April Fools Half marathon!  For the first time, I could say I was liberated, happy and truly enjoyed the path my life is taking.

Oh texas...little did I know I would be here 6 weeks

Oh texas…little did I know I would be here 6 weeks

In Texas they have these for decoration...

In Texas they have these for decoration…

Marathons are so fun!

Marathons are so fun!

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We are engaged now...

We are engaged now…

Year 5: As Natasha Bedingfield says…the rest is just unwritten. I hope to run another marathon, have solid races and get married. I hope to continue loving my life and embracing the good, the bad and everywhere in between. I hope I’ll be posting a year five blog post next year. I appreciate everyone taking time to share the journey with me.

Questions for you:
How long have you been blogging?
What has been the most life changing event of your life so far?

Typical LOLZ Birthday

This past weekend I celebrated my birthday and had a great time.  Although I was supposed to go up and race Boilermaker in Utica, I had a great time in NJ too.  My birthdays are always ridiculous (this isn’t any different from any other part of my life) but generally something interesting or unusual happens each year.  

It always stinks to be injured but I made the best of the situation.  I still had the weekend off from work and got to hang out with Tim.  (Due to our schedules, we don’t have a lot of free weekend time together).

We wear real clothes occasionally.

We wear real clothes occasionally.

On Saturday night, we went to Mastori’s Diner.  This is my favorite diner dessert wise but not food wise.  The food is decent but it’s really the dessert that makes me want to go there.  My 1500 calorie red velvet cake is probably the reason why.

Mastoris

 

Anyways the dinner experience itself was interesting.  We sat at a pretty awkward table that made it extremely easy to eavesdrop into all of the work drama.  I heard employees whining, making fun of customers and being overall demanding and rude to each other.  I thought it pretty humerus but it’s definitely something that would upset a lot of people.

Oh well, got my cake which is why I went to begin with.

On Sunday, we went to Atlantic City.  I ended up winning about 40 dollars on the slot machines.  (I never play tables).  I stopped while I was ahead and we used the money to pay for a trip on the Atlantic City boardwalk “Slingshot”.  I am really proud of myself for getting the courage to go on this thing.

Real life roller coaster tycoon

Real life roller coaster tycoon

I had thought it was similar to one of the theme park rides where it takes you up to the top and drops you.  I had expected it to do that.  For some reason I missed the start of the other two times it went off while we were walking up to it.  (There was no line so we didn’t see anyone while waiting).

Seems like guests never want to go on the merry go round in real life either...

Seems like guests never want to go on the merry go round in real life either…

Well you can watch the entire ride here: (it’s like we are hanging out in real life while being launched into space.)

After that we walked around the outlets, hung out on the board walk and just relaxed.  It was overall just a nice relaxing Sunday.

I really appreciate everyone’s birthday wishes and cheer.  I’m not one that makes a big deal out of my birthday and takes “birthday weeks or months” so this was great for me.  I can’t say it’s any fun to be injured on your birthday but I made the best of my situation.  Now my birthday is done so I don’t need to continue thinking the world revolves around me and my birthday,

Anyways this is more photos in one post than my usual month quota (and a video!).

Questions for you:

Have you ever rode a “slingshot ride” or anything similar?

What did you do for your last birthday?  

Happy 21st Birthday

Today is my brother Matt’s 21st birthday.  Due to his schooling, he is currently in Singapore overseas working.  He comes back in June for his senior year.

Anyways Happy 21st birthday.

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This is Matt and I from probably 10 years ago Halloween.  Just to humour you.

This is Matt and I from probably 10 years ago Halloween. Just to humour you.

Question for you:

What did you do on your 21st birthday?  (or what do you want to do)?

I got a lovely tibial stress fracture from a road race.  I did celebrate at the bar though.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my dad’s birthday.  Since dad normally assumes the responsibility of taking photos “for the blog” today the blog is dedicated to him.  Incase you didn’t know, I inherited all slightly off humor from him.

Happy Birthday Dad.

Happy Birthday Mr. H.

Happy Birthday H-time.

My dad:  I don't want that specialty crap.  I just want plain vanilla ice cream...I'll be bold and go with a cone.  Put this on the blog, I never eat ice cream...I'm treating myself.

My dad: I don’t want that specialty crap. I just want plain vanilla ice cream…I’ll be bold and go with a cone. Put this on the blog, I never eat ice cream…I’m treating myself.

Dad: This is what you look like when you take photos of your coffee.

Dad: This is what you look like when you take photos of your coffee.

Dad: Proof we finished that god awful hot hilly race.

Dad: Proof we finished that god awful hot hilly race.

Dad: Is this what you young kids do, read about Brittney spears and shave your heads?

Dad: Is this what you young kids do, read about why Kate is single?  Why do you even care?

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