Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuscany Bound

Token and I are off wandering through the fields and countryside of Florence, Italy. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Palermo Half Marathon

As promised, here are some pictures of the race this past weekend. We left Sigonella at 9 a.m. and got in to Palermo around noon. We headed down to the race site to pick up our numbers, a chip for our shoe that tracked time, and a bunch of other goodies, like a t-shirt and hat. The rest of the day was spent wandering around the city. We went out to dinner as a group that night.

Here are our names. Token proudly represented Iceland, although I suck as a photographer and didn't get it in the picture. He also got his middle name listed. What's up with that?

The group, the day before the race.

I'm signing some kind of poster. I have no idea what they did with it after the race. It's probably in the trash somewhere. :p

In addition to the usual goodies that come in a race bag, like a t-shirt, hat, water, juice, this one had something unique. Heavy whipping cream. Most random race swag EVER!!!

The next day, we met in the lobby at 8:20 a.m. and walked down to the starting line. The race was supposed to start at 9 a.m., but it's Italy, so it didn't really get started until 9:15 a.m. or so.

Here's a pre-race picture. Man, Token and I sure are white! We're missing that Guam sunshine!

The group, pre-race.

Here I am, chugging along. Saying a quick 'grazie' to the kind Italian clapping for me. What a nice guy. Please note the vehicle creeping up behind me that I'm not even remotely paying attention to.
That car sure is getting closer. The guy behind me has noticed it, but me? Nope! Still bee-boppin' down the street with a smile on my face, completely oblivious.
*Time out: can we talk about the dude behind me for a minute? I think I need to train more, because the fact that a man who has to wear compression tights is that close to me is a little depressing.*

Here I am, giving my best Tyrannosaurus Rex impersonation. Very convincing, no?

Because this is the last picture of this series, I'll fill you in on what happened next. The driver of the car, which was a police car, no less, turned on his siren FULL BLAST and scared the crap out of me. Zee, the MWR lady taking these pictures, had to practically pull me out of the way because he almost took my legs out. Good times on mile seven.

Token, on the other hand had fairly uneventful run....

Except the part where he had to run behind this fine gem of a man, who I'm going to guess does not wear deodorant. Go Italia!

Let's get a closer look at that face. Ah yeah, he's lovin' the stink.

Here's Token, finishing strong.

Here I am, smiling at the finish line!

After walking (very slowly) back to the hotel and showering, we headed back down to the finish line to watch the marathoners come in.

Aw, aren't we cute?

Yeah, until you make me mad on the bus on the way back to Sig. Watch out! Man, I look mean!! (and yes, I'm debating with myself right now whether or not this picture is going to stay up. I'm scary!! Grrr.....)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Palermo Half Marathon

We finished!

13.1 miles
Token: 2:02
Moi: 2:12

Pictures and full recap coming later. Yahooski!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I was tagged!

Five Things About Me

Five Things I was Doing 10 Years Ago
1. Was a junior in high school
2. Was working at Bally Total Fitness
3. Was skinnier!!!
4. Was very involved with show choir
5. Was driving a purpley-blue Dodge Neon

Five Things on My To Do List Today:
1. Get as much done of the paper as possible
2. Run
3. Watch the CMA awards
4. Hug Token
5. Cuddle with Nikko

Five Snacks I Enjoy:
1. Strawberries with Cool Whip
2. Cheese and Crackers
3. Hint of Lime Tostitos
4. Apple with Peanut Butter
5. Apple Cider

Five Things I Would Do If I Were a Millionaire:
1. Pay off debt (student loans!!!)
2. Pay for our families' home, or heck, buy 'em a new one!
3. Invest
4. Donate a huge chunk to an animal rescue organization
5. Travel in style

Five Places I Have Lived:
1. Bargersville, IN
2. Greenwood, IN
3. Bloomington, IN
4. Dededo, GU
5. Mascalucia, Sicily, Italy

Five Jobs I Have Had:
1. Dairy Queen (but not the one with the hamburgers and stuff... ONLY ice cream!!)
2. Bally Total Fitness
3. Head Supervisor, Indiana University Recreational Sports
4. Copywriter at DDB Advertising
5. Editor/Writer, The Signature

Monday, November 10, 2008

I don't have any photos to upload and post, so how about a funny story?

Our Sky TV hadn't been working for two days (something was wrong with the satellite - I translated the error message with that handy Italian dictionary!), so Token went down to the store and set up an appointment for a technician to come and look at it. He made the appointment for last Friday, but had to be at something for work, so I was going to be home to meet the guy. The guy shows up, typical repairman just like in the states, if not a little better dressed. Does some tinkering around with the cable box and then decides that he needs to look at the satellite, which is up on the roof. Works up there for awhile, and tells me in broken English that some light thing is burnt out. Okay. He has a new one, so he replaces it. Comes back downstairs, plays around with the cable box again, sets our primary language to English (thank goodness!), combines our three remotes to work as one, does a few other things that we just didn't know how to do and gets ready to leave.

Awkward moment #1. The people at the Sky office told Token it would be 35 euro, and that's all I had. I had some dollars, and some change in euro, but that's it. Imagine my surprise when he tells me it's 45 euro. Eek! I asked him if he took a check (again, with the dictionary. I looked like an idiot!). Niente (no). How about some euro, some dollar? Niente. CRAP! So what do I do, I count out 10 euro in 20 cent increments and that's what he gets. THANK GOODNESS for our little change collector thing. I'd be screwed!

Awkward moment #2. Alright, homeboy is paid and packing up his stuff to take to his truck when he kinda holds out his hand for a handshake, but also kind of leans forward at the same time. In Italy, they do the kiss-kiss thing on each cheek, so I assumed that's what he was going in for. I freaking KISSED THE TECHNICIAN!!! He was so surprised and taken aback. HAHA! I am such a loser. Looking back, I realize he was leaning forward because he had a heavy bag on his arm and the weight caused him to shift. How embarrassing!