Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Busy Saturday

One entire week off from running for my ankle to recuperate last week. Hit the treadmill for the first time this week on Tuesday and all seemed fine. Another session on Thursday just to make sure, and I felt good to go for this morning's Race for the Cure, held at Cal Expo.

If you're not familiar with this annual event, check out the Sac Komen web site: This is one of the largest of these events in the US, with over 22,000 participants!!! Only about 2,000 of us did the timed 5K run, though, so at least the field was a little smaller. Beautiful weather for a run this morning, too.

My goal was to finish in under 25:00. The race timer when I crossed the finish line read 24:07, so I was pretty pleased, especially since that means I ran sub-8:00 miles all the way (the first mile was about 7:40 according to a fellow runner - that's definitely fast for me). Unfortunately, Mr. E couldn't join me in the run as originally planned since his recurring left calf injury flared up about 2 weeks ago and still needs another 1-2 weeks of recovery before he can hit the trails again. *sigh* Injuries suck!

In other news, we just got back from a Spring Celebration at Cline for Pendulum Club members, where we got to taste all sorts of yummy wines, including some reserves and two barrel tastings for wines that won't be bottled until 6-12 months from now (a Syrah and an Ancient Vines Mourvedre). Of course we couldn't resist bringing some wine back to Sac with us, so we're now fairly well stocked with 16 new bottles of various Cline offerings: Viognier, Pinot Gris/Chardonnay blend, Jacuzzi Pinot Grigio, '03 Cashmere, '02 Cashmere (only 18 bottles left and we got 2 of 'em!), '01 Sonoma County Syrah (far superior to the '02 Carneros Syrah), Jacuzzi Sangiovese, Oakley 5 Reds. Mmmmmmmm... A few were set aside for aging and/or special occasions.

Now we're off to a Home Tour of 5 of the 36 units in our condo association. Mr. E & I organized this as part of our "Social Committee" activities, and I think we'll have about 10-12 folks showing up to participate, which is a pretty good turn-out for this population. Should be interesting to see what others have done with their homes, especially since we've got our own ideas for potential future projects.

Happy Mother's Day tomorrow!


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