Saturday, November 26, 2016

Home Sweet Home..With an After Thanksgiving Turkey Half Marathon.

Biscuits and Gravy for Fuel!
 So much to blog about over the last two days.  I went through all this trouble to get the I better start in order.
Oatmeal for Cheryl

The Trip from Michigan was SO much better than the trip there.   Dry roads, light traffic, and clear skies.   And best of started with Biscuits and Gravy from the Country Inn.

A welcome Iowa sign.
Cheryl drives the Home stretch
I never thought Iowa looked so welcome....except for that one time....when we first got here.

Kinda like this...only on the RIGHT!
  Aside from some @#$@! nearly getting us killed by passing Cheryl on the right of the highway....When she was in the far right lane.... While driving 70 miles per hour!    Yep.... he took the shoulder of the Highway at at least 85+ miles per hours.   Too bad we do not have a dash cam to capture that reckless driver!   ( well,  he won't be wreck-less for long with that type of driving...I'm sure.)
The Hungry Turkey Race shirt.

We are currently swamped with Stocking orders, but that did not stop us from traveling to  Des Moines for the Hungry Turkey Race today.   Only a 4 A.M. depart time to pick up the packet.  The crescent moon was a sight to behold.....unless it was with a wobbling camera.

Awesome-ish Crescent moon

Finally some light to drive by.
It was frosty and cold this morning, but warmed up to almost 60 towards the afternoon.  Not soon enough for Cheryl...since she left her ear cover at home and forced us to buy a new one at a very old HyVee.

She knew that eventually she would warm up...and we were able to stay in the car to keep warm until the event took off.  It was a small race, although it seemed fairly large to me.   I believe there was a mix of 5 K-ers with the half marathoners.  maybe that is why the numbers looked larger.   In the end only about 300 finishers for the half marathon.  Still!   A pretty good time.
Waiting in the heated car.

Cheryl checks out the Medals

Note she is the only one in shorts!
Eating Jolly Ranchers
Cheryl at the start!
I could bore you with the story about the race course that changed...causing confusion for both spectators and runners.  But in the end,  I was able to make it back to the finish to catch her crossing the finish line.  And...More importantly,  She did finish with 13.1 miles and not the 10 that everyone had feared.
Cheryl at the finish!
 ( Ok,  the runners turned back too early at mile 5 instead of mile 6.5...where the spectators were waiting, including me!   But then the race people made up for the missing 3 miles by doing uncharted "loops" in the park.   Crazy!)
Look at all those medals!

2nd place female.  Non-teenager
In the end,  Cheryl finished;  Got her medal: AND got an age group award for being 2nd in her class!  Two medals for one race!  And her time was pretty good for being cold, out of shape, and full of Thanksgiving Dinner!   She was pretty happy.

We came home to find the Landlords finally finishing the stairs in the hallway.   It turned out much better than I thought it would.   Here are some before and after pictures to compare:



The carpeting really grips your shoes, allowing for far better traction than what that old shag junk had. Now all we have to do is pain the walls and the railing and it might take 20 years off the old apartment!

Cheryl is now ready for stockings!
And finally,   Stockings.    So many stockings.   I should be happy...and actually I am,   But we just finished sewing up 24 on only a few hours of sleep.   So...I'm pretty tired.   Cheryl seems to be as well.   She is currently surveying the damage control and conversations to see how much we should tackle tomorrow.   It's a good thing to have to worry about..."too many sales".   For so many years the worry was how are we going to survive with so few sales.   Perhaps it will be a turning point for us...somehow.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend after Thanksgiving.  Black Friday is over and Cyber Monday will soon be upon us.  With a little luck and some heroic work,  perhaps we will be caught up by then and can face it with joy instead of fear.   We shall see.

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