Thursday, November 4, 2010

Running, Running, Running

I have been so busy blogging about my new city I haven't really been reporting on my running progress. I am finally back in the groove. I am signed up for the Kiawah Half Marathon with my Uncle Butch and Cousin Ryan. Started training a few weeks ago in my beloved new city and it has been a great way to see the city and take in all it's sites. I love running south in Hudson River Park toward the Statue of Liberty. She is a beautiful site to behold. I am quite excited for the NYC Marathon this weekend, even though I am not running it, I will be out there cheering those runners on!! I know how important that encouragement is. In the meantime I am plodding along on my own training and this weekend while I was in Upstate seeing family I got to run in Corning. Let me tell you to get 7 miles in Corning you have to run around quite a bit. It was quite chilly and it is going to be a test of my perseverance to run in these winters. But I put on my mittens and ear muffs and headed out. I even stopped along the way to take some pictures of the lovely little town that my parents grew up in. I think of it as home too cause my heart is there. I can't wait to upload my GPS to see the map that this run created. :)





Wednesday, November 3, 2010

409 West High Street

I love this old house and I love the people that live here.





Fall

I think I missed the "Peak" but I do love kicking through the leaves on a fall afternoon.

Roadtrip

My Grandma Havert turned 87 on Saturday so I decided it was high time I high tailed it upstate to see my fam. A big section of the Pro List on the NYC move was to be closer to family. I hadn't seen my grandparents in about 5 years and they are not young kids. So Friday at 8 am I was on the road. I pulled in about 1 and met my Aunt Sandy to surprise them. She went in first and told them she found something on sale at the store.....grand daughters. It was great fun and they were very surprised. They look the same as ever just a little smaller. We got to visit all afternoon and it was so great to be with family. I always get such a peaceful feeling when I am in Corning/Painted Post. Even though I usually run around trying to see everyone, it doesn't feel rushed or crazy. It just feels like home, like fam. After dinner with my G-rents, I went to meet my aunt Debbie and Uncle Bob for the Corning High School football game. I haven't been to a high school football game in AGES. And let me tell you kids, late October in upstate New York is COLD! My grandpa H let me borrow "Puffy", his down jacket and I was ever grateful. Debbie had mittens for me and I survived the cold. The game was really fun to watch and Corning killed Ithaca for the semi finals.




The rest of the weekend was spent visiting fam and relaxing. Debbie and Bob and I strolled Market Street on Saturday afternoon and it was Trick or Treat Festivities for the kiddos. It was fun to see everyone all dressed up. Big kids, little kids, even canine kids. Everybody got into the season.






I love walking Market Street. It's got such a great little home town feel. You get to see all the beautiful glass art and darling little antique stores. And you know how I adore store windows.





We had a nice birthday dinner for Grandma H on Saturday night and really that was about the extent of the activities. It was just nice to get away and enjoy time with family. I am definitely going to be doing this again.

Keepsakes

When I was little my Grandma Merrell had a locket that I absolutely loved. It was gold and it had a B on it. I remember it hanging on a hook behind her bedroom door with a lot of her necklaces. I loved looking at it when I would go to Caton to visit. When she passed away my mom and aunts went through her belongings and gave all the grandkids pieces of her. I asked for the locket and thankfully none of the other cousins protested. So it has been in my house for the past 15 years. I always kept it next to the teacup that she passed down to me but recently decided to start wearing it. I love having it close to my heart. It always felt weird that there were no pictures in it so last week I took on the project of finding something to put in it. I wanted two shots of my grandparents, one of the Merrells and one of the Haverts but I couldn't find one where there heads were close enough together to shrink it down to fit in the locket. So instead I found a picture of my parents. The images are from a single picture but I split their faces to make two shots. I think it was one of their prom pictures. I absolutely love it and can see me wearing it for years to come. Thanks Grandma Bert.