BC has taken over Friday night! he said it was his turn!
BC stands for black cat... and he is that. I used to be superstitious about black cats crossing my path, and black cats in general... but he's one of the coolest cats i've ever been around or owned and i don't have those thoughts anymore!
BC wasn't born in Terrell, but he's lived here his whole life. he's 12 years old and still able to outrun Frosty in a chase =)
not really. i haven't been nightswimming in a long time, but i did always like the song by REM =) i'm linking to a live version below.
night-running, i've done. and i prefer light. i actually prefer the Texas heat to the winter cold. it would be nice if the lights worked at the running path at the park. especially the ones on the backside by the wooded area.
thanks to jim over at terrell daily photo for capturing me running in the park tonight. see the shiny beady eyes of all the wildlife in the dark?
Cilla over at A Swede Lost in Texas blog has started a new weekly tree photo series - posting a photo of a tree every week for a year! I thought it was a neat idea, but wasn't sure about being able to keep up every week. and i hate to feel like a slacker, so i decided to do a photo a month.
i chose the 13th! and today's photo is my first photo! I'll make sure the tree looks creepy when it falls on Friday the 13th =) my tree, by the way, is located near Memorial Stadium at Ben Gill park.
I decided to go with one of my snowy tree photos after seeing jim's snowy street view over at Terrell Daily Photo. He's doing a 'down the street' view of trees on a street near downtown, and the recent snowfall makes for a beautiful winter scene! =)
i made a few resolutions for 2011, but didn't put them in print. (so i couldn't be held accountable =)) but one of my goals was to run more 10ks this year - maybe one per month - along with the regular 5ks.
so my first 10k is Saturday. it met the objective of being a 10k in January - but I'm not so sure of the course. The 10k course is just doing the 5k course twice! no change of scenery, just a do-over of the first lap =)
it's called the hot chocolate 5k/10k. Jim's doing the 5k, along with several people from work. after the run, everyone gets souvenir coffee mugs and free hot chocolate!
Well, i'm 0 and 2 so far this year on the accuracy in my race times. Last week, the race organizers switched mine and Jim's results.
This week, the race organizers had no record of my registration after I finished the race. Even though I'd picked up my bib, shirt and race packet at the Plano Verizon store earlier this week.
So, after the race I had to verbally tell the race timer (from Run On! Texas) my name and finish time. He didn't record it may not have heard me correctly.
I finished with my new best time - 30:24 -- but on the Run On! results page, they have it listed as 34:24... tried to email the race timing people with the correction, but it came back undeliverable!
Had a good run nonetheless... and a new best time... now it's nap time.... =)
**UPDATE** Just to follow-up -- the nice folks over at Run On! Texas were really helpful and promptly made the correction to my time and re-posted the results! Thanks again to Lear Johnson, race director, for his assistance in routing my email through to the correct people.
Christmas is over and now comes the chore of taking down all the lights and decorations and packing everything up until next year. But I was thinking it might be easier to just leave the lights up outside. I can easily mow around these light trees in the front yard. and the lights around the porch would look festive all lit up on holidays, like 4th of July...
today's photo is my submission to Tricia's weekly barn charm series over at Bluff Area Daily. She's got some great photos over there, in addition to the barns, so go check it out! the lighting wasn't the best on the day i got this shot - i've been planning on going back and getting a better shot, if i could just remember exactly where it was?!?
made it through Monday relatively unscathed. it was busy and hectic, and i smiled and nodded a lot as i tried to work. too many things going on at one time, sometimes! but it makes the day go by faster...
i had an awesome beginning to my 2011 yesterday, starting the day out with a 5k run in the brisk morning air (after an evening of moderate drinking the night before to ring in the new year =))!
then it was off to Fair Park and the Cotton Bowl to see the new Ticketcity Bowl inaugural game between Texas Tech and Northwestern University. Jim scored media passes for us both; it was cool to have sideline access for a real college game in the Cotton Bowl!
After all that excitement, I had to come home and take a nap. Cause that's really what weekends are about too - rest and relaxation =) i'll have more photos posted over on my facebook page later this week.
hope everyone is having a 'fairly good start' to 2011!
i originally planned to do a poll from a selection of photos to decide my photo of the year, similar to what Jim did over at Terrell Daily Photo.
time, the holidays and life in general changed my plans and i decided to select my own photo of the year from a list of favorite photos that Jim gave me. He went through the entire year on my blog to review all 350 or so photos =) no small feat... (and thank you)
one of my favorite types of photography is trying to mimic what I would consider a 'norman rockwell' moment. a small slice of american life.
i always loved 'Funny Farm' with Chevy Chase... and the way they try to turn their town into a perfect 'Norman Rockwell' town in order to sell their house. in the end they learn they love the town, with all the quirky townspeople just the way they are. =)
That said, I selected these 2 photos from Jim's list.
The winner for 2010, selected by me, is the top photo - Terrell Baseball team playing in a tournament in Waxahachie from my post on March 7, 2010.
The runner up, below, was taken at the Warrior Dash in Forney/Dallas back on my post from May 2. The muddy 5k run ended with a big truck full of water that hosed everyone down to wash off some of the mud.