It all started a long, long time ago. Ok, maybe it wasn’t that long ago, but back in May I got roped into a half marathon on Labor Day. By “roped in” I mean my wife was getting people to run it with her from our running group and I said that if everyone else was going to do the half marathon that I probably should to. It turns out that said Labor Day half marathon was on September 3rd, my birthday. So it was a “birthday gift” to make me run it. We started lengthening our weekly runs and eventually started adding on an extra day to get up to the mileage.
As we got closer to the date Beth started to talk about having a BBQ after the run. Originally Beth was thinking of just the people that ran the race with us. Beth tends to get nervous around events or planning, and this was a little bit of both. Slowly we started talking about adding other people, and despite reservations about planning for a bunch of people we decided that we just needed to invite all of our friends.
I am sure that I have the best wife ever, and the days/week before she proved it. Despite having anxieties about the event and the planning she did both! But she didn’t just plan a small little BBQ, she ended up going the full distance. She spent the whole weekend before picking up the house, finishing putting down the rest of the mulch, and cooked a bazillion things! She made home-made hot-dog buns, hamburger buns, veggie burgers, cupcakes, and frosting! It was all awesome and very delicious! She spent so much time prepping and making everything. Thank you so much Bethie!
All throughout Labor Day weekend the Penny Arcade Expo was going on. We didn’t end up getting tickets but there were a handful of events going on. So on Sunday before the half marathon we trekked downtown and went to an event called “Cards Against Beermanity.” The event was at a bar downtown called The Pine Box. We got there very early and had dinner. I had an amazing Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and Beth got a very tasty BLT sandwich. Slowly more and more people showed up. Then we were told that that we had to be friendly, so we started talking with the people that sat down near us. They had gone to PAX and saw all the things and it was cool to hear them recount stories of panels and events that they went to. Eventually we noticed that everyone else had gotten Cards Against Humanity decks, so one of the more adventurous people in our group got up and asked about getting a deck. We ended up only get the two expansion sets, but it was enough for us to a play. That was awesome and a lot of fun even though (probably because) many of those card combinations were rather horrible.
Getting up to go running is always the hardest part. As I was making breakfast I noticed that Beth has put out a present for me. But we were running later than we had planned (ok I was the one running late). So Beth said that it was motivation for finishing the race.
The race went off fairly well. I was able to start out slow enough that I didn’t burn out too much. I did however start to burn out around the 10 mile mark, I was having trouble to keep up my run/walk cadence that I was hoping for. But I ended up pulling off a 2 hour, 14 minute and 47 second race! Yay!
When we got back I of course had to open my present. It was Cards Against Humanity! Thank you Beth!
Then everyone started to show up for the BBQ. I had let our cat, K.C., outside because I assume that she would escape anyway. At some point when I stepped outside I heard our cat meowing. I was looking around trying to find her. Somehow she ended up on the roof of our house! We were trying to figure out how to get her down. I was trying to cox her over to me so that I could pull her off the roof (it is only 1 story there). For whatever crazy reason, she started edging towards the far edge of the roof, which didn’t really have much nearby. We all realize then that she is going to try to jump down to the railing that is over 6 feet away! She jumped, landing with only her front paws on the railing and half of her body dangling down. She started flailing trying to get up onto the railing. She pulled herself up onto the trailing, jumped down, and then went running under the deck to hide. We were all glad that she made it safely, but she is one crazy dare devil cat.
All in all the BBQ was awesome and having our friends out to visit was wonderful. We played Frisbee, talked, played Castle Crashers, ate, etc, just awesome.
Thanks you to everyone that helped make my Birthday awesome!