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A reason, a season or a lifetime

They say that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  I lost what I thought was a lifetime friend today.  Well, probably a few days ago, but it really feels final today.  All because of something someone said that wasn't even true. Something that the friend thinks I did that I didn't.  Of course I was not given the chance to know what was said, or even know what was going on before I got cut out of their life forever....just like that.   I guess that goes to show that my friendship meant nothing to this person...that I meant nothing to this person that supposedly cared about me. I can't tell you how much it hurts that someone who knows me would think so little of me and cut me out of their life so easily.  I'll never understand how someone can just throw away years of friendship in an instant. *sigh*
Oh...and still unemployed. Gotta love my life.

Fireworks and Fireflies

4th of July was a really nice day....spent the afternoon at Fabbioli winery w/friends and then we all went over to Ida Lee for a picnic dinner, music and then fireworks after dark...

Last night was a beautiful night, so I went for a long walk...and along the way saw tons of fireflies! It reminded me of my childhood when I would come down from MA to visit my Grandma, Grandpa who lived in Bethesda, MD.  My cousin and I would take glass jars and catch fireflies, and put a little grass in there, poke holes in the jar tops,  and then bring them into our rooms at night and watch them light up the rooms with their lights.  Ahh....to be a kid again.

5K Number 4

Yesterday I completed my 4th 5K in 4 months....I'm still on track for doing 1 a month.  My official time was 46:54 which is a 15:06 mile pace. I had really hoped to beat my best time and be under 44 minutes...but a couple of things worked against me....
1) It was really crowded at the beginning and there were some spots where you just had to wait to get through
2) this was the first 5K where a big chunk of the trail was through the woods.  Need to get used to that! 
3) More hills definitely slows you down...I need to work on doing hills too.
But overall it was a fun race....VERY supportive group of people (they had an officially "Hugger" at the end of the race to congratulate you on finishing!), the pink flamingos were a nice touch,  the music was great, and although I didn't get a cool t-shirt, I got a nice bag, some cool socks, and a robe (not sure why a robe, but oh well)! I look forward to doing this one again next year!! 

The rule of 3s?

"They" say that everything happens in 3s....so apparently this is my week.  First I found out that my Dog has to have surgery to remove a cyst (it's benign, but still bothering her to the point of chewing off all the fur around it and constantly licking it and its not getting any smaller, so the vet said its time to get rid of it).  That surgery will cost around $1,000.  Then I had a gas leak in my house that required a late night visit from Washington Gas, who found the leak quickly, and told me to get a plumber (to the tune of $189) to replace the line between my dryer and the gas line.  Then today I got rejected from the company I interviewed with a few weeks ago, as well as Northrup Grumman for a position I had had a phone interview for, but apparently the hiring manager wasn't interested in bringing me in for an interview.  Seriously?? Isn't that enough for one week? I'm just wondering what else is gonna go wrong...but I hope I'm done! I've had my 3 bad things...now I'm ready for 3 good things! Bring it on!!! I need it! 

Things don't always go as planned...

I just "Finished" my 3rd 5K in as many months...I'm still on track for doing 1 a month....IF you count todays.  I say IF because I'm not really sure if I actually went 5K on account of me following the girl in front of me.  I was using her as my pacer....and just keeping my eye on her and making sure I didn't get too far behind...and soon realized that she had stopped.  Somehow she had not seen the runners in front of her turn left at the Green Arrow that was posted on a Tree on the trail.....and we ended up way off course!  So I turned around, went back, found my way back to the trail, and headed back...but I have no idea if the distance I went off track was the same as the distance I missed....I don't think so, but oh well.  So I have no idea of what my REAL time was or my real distance for that matter!! 

Next month I'll remember to keep my eye out for the course signs instead of just following the chick in front of me!! ;-) 

Going through hell

I haven't been able to post in a while because it seems like my mind is going in 100 different directions and I can't settle on what I want to write about....
Without going into gory details....lets just say I'm having a rough time. I have a hard time  talking about it because it seems so ridiculous in light of other peoples' problems, not to mention its the same story day in and day out...so instead I'll just post the lyrics to this song that I was recently introduced to that seems to sum it up well.

Going through Hell
Rodney Atkins

Well you know those times
When you feel like there's a sign there on your back
Says I don't mind if ya kick me
Seems like everybody has
Things go from bad to worse
You'd think they can't get worse than that
And then they do

You step off the straight and narrow
And you don't know where you are
Use the needle of your compass
To sew up your broken heart
Ask directions from a genie
In a bottle of Jim Beam
And she lies to you
That's when you learn the truth

If you're going through hell
Keep on going, don't slow down
If you're scared, don't show it
You might get out
Before the devil even knows you're there

Well I been deep down in that darkness
I been down to my last match
Felt a hundred different demons
Breathing fire down my back
And I knew that if I stumbled
I'd fall right into the trap that they were laying, yeah

But the good news
Is there's angels everywhere out on the street
Holding out a hand to pull you back up on your feet
The one's that you've been dragginig for so long
You're on your knees
You maight as well be praying
Guess what I'm saying

If your going through hell
Keep on going, don't slow down
If you're scared don't show it
You might get out
Before the devil even knows you're there

Yeah, If you're going through hell
Keep on moving, face that fire
Walk right through it
You might get out
Before the devil even knows you're there

If you're going through hell
Keep on going, don't slow down
If you're scared don't show it
You might get out
Before the devil even knows you're there

Yeah, If you're going through hell
Keep on moving, face that fire
Walk right through it
You might get out
Before the devil even knows you're there
Yeah, you might get out
Before the devil even knows you're there.

5K Take 2

Did my 2nd 5K today and managed to beat my time by over 3 minutes despite some knee pain!! 44:19 was my time!!! I couldn't believe it!! Unfortunately my 5K buddy was unable to join me, but he was kind enough to still show up early in the AM and cheer me across the finish line....I just hope he doesn't post the pic he took w/his camera phone! lol 
Now lets hope my knees don't make me pay for this for the week to come!! 


Annual Wine Weekend Recap

Last weekend me and a few friends went on our annual Wine Weekend Getaway....but this time, instead of going to Charlottesville (where we've gone for the past 2 years), we headed north to the Fingerlakes region of NY. We had a Blast!!! We left on Thursday and spent the day driving up there....with a stop at a casino and a much longer than anticipated stop at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Wilkes-Barre PA (Daniela has decided she never wants to stop in that town again!).  We finally arrived at our B&B called Springside Inn in Auburn, NY in the early evening....checked into the Holland House (a whole separate house we had to ourselves), and went in search of food.....the town was dead.  We stocked up on munchies at a gas station, but the boys (Ted and Jeff) decided they wanted a real meal, so they followed a guy they met at the gas station to the one burger joint that was open at 11pm.  We finally got back to the house and stayed up late just talking and relaxing, knowing we had 2 days of wineries ahead. 
On Friday we headed out to some of the Cayuga Lake wineries.  First stop was Cobblestone....beautiful views of the lakes, nice variety of wines. They have an award winning Cab. Franc, Merlot, Reisling and Seyval...Reislings we discovered later, seem to be the speciality of the area...in addition a sweet wine called Vignoles. Next stop was Knapp winery...this place was fantastic!!! We had the best wine pourer ever...his name was Matt and he was this hillarious older man who had a rhyme for ever wine we tried that would describe the wine! The variety was great too...they had a ton of different wines...from dry whites to brandys.  They had an incredible port, as well as a Limencello that I think most of us bought.  Can't wait to make drinks w/that! :) They also had a restaurant next door that had a great menu, but we did not eat there as we were anxious to move on to the next winery.  We then continued on to Swedish Hill...which was OK, but not very notable.  Our last stop was a place called 3 Brothers...which was actually 3 different wineries AND a brewery....all in one spot!! The first winery of the 3 Brothers was called Stoney Lonesome (For those who appreciate the finer things in life)...and was a traditional type winery specializing in dry reds.  The next winery, right across the driveway was called Passion Feet (for those who live life with laughter & abandon)...this place had funky red and grey striped walls, and the wines were a bit sweeter..then we crossed over to the final winery called Rogue Hollow (for those who have a lot more fun in a dive bar), and the only way I can describe this place is like a scene out of Prirates of the Caribean...it was very cool! The last stop on the property was the Barley Yards brewing company....for beer....pretty small, but good selection of beers, including root beer!  After all these wines, we were starving so we went to a recommended restaurant nearby called Danas and enjoyed a delicious dinner...then we headed back to our Inn and played games and drank late into the night. 
Saturday we were off again....this time in a Limo driven by Terry so Ted didn't have to drive! We started out on the Seneca Lake wineries...first stop was Wagner Vineyards and Brewery.  They had a really good reslieng, cab franc and ice wine.  It is interesting to note here that there are several wineries in the area that do both wine and beer, kind of different than you find around here. The winery had a unique architecture and was right on the lake....would be a perfect place to hang out for a day, but we had to move on.  We then had to stop at Penguin Bay in homage to Clyde...and because they specialized in champagnes and sparkling wines....it was a small, but nice stop.  Then we headed to a winery called Rasta Ranch Winery....again, a winery unlike we'd ever seen! It was small and very Rasta! It was an experience, and we could have drank all day there b/c our pourer just kept pouring....but I can't say that I'd recommend any of their wines! We did have to drag the boys out of there....so we could hit one more winery of the day.  Hazlitt....by this time we were pretty lit...so my memories of the place are kind of fuzzy....but it was a nice winery from what I recall!!  After this we had to head home as our time w/the limo was up....we enjoyed some time on our patio and then headed to dinner at the inn, which was a delicious 3 course meal! 
Sunday we packed up and headed home....exhausted, hung over, but having had a fantastic time!!  Can't wait to do it again next year!! I highly recommend the area as there are a TON of wineries to visit....and many of them are so unique and different than what you see in the NOVA area.


I saw a commercial for this class on the Travel Channel.  I soo wish I could take this 4 day class!!! Unfortunately it is a mortgage payment, thus the house comes first...www.travelchannel.com/Academy/Academy_Home

A Lot to drink About....

Sing it Jimmy!!! 



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