Sunday, December 4, 2011

Not a Spring Chicken

Now it’s waiting time. 6.5 hours to go until race time. I woke up at 5:30 a.m. after a 1:00 a.m. bedtime. Definitely not enough sleep. I am not a spring chicken anymore. I am a winter sloth. Lack of sleep, exposure to endless amounts of cigarette smoke and dirty martinis make me look older than I usually look.

I woke up early worrying about my dog Lucky who is really sick. I took him to the vet because of his leg issue that I posted about earlier this week. They put him on some meds that made him very ill.  Ken has spent the past two days cleaning up puke and other bodily fluid. I know he will be fine once his little system is flushed, but for now the poor old thing suffers.

This morning I’m doing a bunch of this:


The only good thing I can say about myself in this picture is that I have good posture.

I keep looking outside to see how windy it is.


It’s not that cold here in Vegas (50s) but the wind is wicked. I am going to cozy up to the other 1,000 people in my corral tonight in a way that is inappropriate and awkward. So, if you are in corral #4, consider yourself warned.

Moving backwards. Last night we headed to Mandalay Bay for the blogger meet up. Erika kept calling it a “mixer” and I had to remind her a “mixer” was something the Cleavers went to back in the sixties. The mixer actually was really fun. I finally got to meet a bunch of favorite bloggers in person.


You might recognize just a few faces: Jess, Page, Marjorie, Aron, Janae.

Jason and his wife, Karen, were there too. They skipped out early because Jason thinks you need to sleep and hydrate for a BQ attempt. Ridiculous.


Afterwards we played some blackjack and once again I walked away a winner. Just about $100, but I’ll take it. I’ve never been to Vegas around Christmas time. It’s actually really fun and festive. There are tons of balls and I like that




  1. The Death Valley marathon was cancelled due to the wind. I absolutely do not miss those winter Mojave winds!

  2. Love your dress, good luck today!!

  3. Get it guuurl!! Excited to hear how it goes :)

  4. Yes the winds can be terrible. Be sure to head over to the Bellagio to see their decorations inside. Fabo! Also if you have time, find the Cowboy Christmas expo. Great place for presents! Best of luck!

  5. How frakking fun does all that look!
    Good luck today!

  6. A 'mixer'! I love Erika! Be sure to let her know I said that :)

    That was pretty fun. Clearly, I haven't danced since like, the 70's... note the 'Stayin' Alive' arm pose.

    And yes, your posture is spectacular!

  7. Can't wait to hear how it goes! The wind can be wicked, don't get blown away.

  8. you are adorable in that dress.
    yeah im hating the waiting game right now, i just want the race to start and get over with already!

  9. The waiting around would make me NUTS. Good luck today!! Have a great race. love all the pics. You look awesome. :)

  10. Could I be wearing anymore clothes? Seriously no wonder I needed to hydrate as much as I did.

  11. Of all the bloggers posting about Vegas right now, I just KNEW you'd be the one talking about balls.

  12. Go with Mixer - it works.

    Why are all of you dressed like you are at a club in Vegas and Jason looks like he is going outside to rake some leaves?

  13. Love it! Can't wait to hear how it all went. Go BALLS out!

  14. Jeff just made me laugh out loud. HILARIOUS!!

    It would drive me NUTS to wait like that for a race, I am so used to them starting in the AM.

    I hope Lucky feels better.

    Have a BLAST!! I hear the winds can be tough.

  15. Looooove your dress.
    Waiting to see how your run went.

  16. Holy Quadricep's lady! Your legs look STRONG! Hopefully strong enough to run into the wind... Good luck!

  17. Do you really read all your comments??

    It looks like you are having a blast in Vegas Baby!

  18. You're running as we speak! (or as I type this comment)

    So excited for you all.

    Jeff, that was funny.

    I would definitely be you - dirty martinied and second-hand smoked up but ya know… It's Vegas baby.

    Can't wait to hear more!

  19. Hope you're having fun out there with 40-some-odd thousand other runners (those that show up and aren't still sleeping it off somewhere).

    Can't wait for the race report!

  20. Gosh I love these pictures!! And I am putting this on my list of TO DO race experiences.

  21. I'm going to be the crass one who asks where that dress was procured. Tell me it is one of a kind or something so I cannot go out any get one because it looks PERFECT on you!!!

    Not that those quads could look bad in anything...

  22. you said balls.

    I heard it was really windy. hope it was to your back and you flew like a feather!

  23. I can't believe I didn't get to meet you this weekend :) Hope you had a great race!!

  24. so cool to see vegas taken over by runners! and even cooler that said runners can put all the partiers to shame and STILL wake up and bust out the miles. :)

    can't wait to hear all about it, sure u did great! :)

  25. love the pictures :) Looks like you had a great race. It was so cool seeing you on the course. Although you may have been like who is this crazy girl. If you are still around today, I am still here relaxing :)

  26. You officially had the best dress in the entire world and your arms....may I please have them? Thank you:) Safe travels and I am coming for a race in Colorado. Hopefully you weren't next to anyone on the plane today that wets themselves.

  27. Awesome! Can't wait to hear about it! You look so pretty in the meet-up pictures. I love your dress! :)

  28. I feel like a stalker, but it was so great to meet you. I guess my photog skills weren't too bad, I feel famous just having a picture I took make it on your blog.

    What a crazy weekend! Meeting all the bloggers was a highlight for me. Thank you!!