Monday, December 29, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

Where is Waldo

I have just finished reading my brother and Lori's Blog, and just about died!! I loved Ian's piece on Apples.... I actually did. Hilarious... So it inspired me to write a little childhood memory ( ok, so it has nothing to do with fruit, but reminded me of how crazy my brother Ian can be sometimes... so therefore... a childhood story came to mind) 

Well, Ian and I were pretty close growing up, I always wanted to be my big brother and I followed him everywhere. We had lots of fun times together... However, one particular time was not sooo much fun. I was sitting in my bed reading, really getting into to this perplexing book, mind "bottling " boggling ... if you will. I' m not sure if you remember the Where's Waldo books... but they were Freakin HARD. ( I think I was about 7) Anyway, I was  7 and the book was about 3 ft tall,  needless to say an elephant could have walked by and I would not have seen behind the cover of this gi-normous book.

Well, as I was saying... I was reading my book ( really I was ticked that I  found Waldo's hat, sister, cousin, and some of his friends, but Waldo himself... remained undetected.. )... so I am searching for Waldo like it is my JOB... and out from behind the book jumps my brother.. 

"AHHHHHHHHHHHH", he screams. 

I have never been so afraid in my life. I immediately skipped the scream and went straight to uncontrollable tears..... I have to say, still..... the best scare I have had... and want. 

I guess I bring this story up, because Ian and I use to stay up and read Where's Waldo books on Christmas Eve, until we fell asleep slant-ways in the bed... then I would wake up at 1:00am... look at our loot ... and then go back to sleep.. wake up at 5:00 am and then pull my brother out of bed.... and wake my parents up. 

I always loved Christmas, the smells, the feeling, the warmth and coziness of the holiday spirit. 

Give the Waldo search a try... be careful not to mistake Waldo's cousin for Waldo...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A VERY long Run!!

Hello all!! Just wanted to update you on our life the past couple of weeks.  After Cooper's Birthday, my parents came into town for Thanksgiving because I had work the day before, the day of, and the day after Thanksgiving... But everyone was great about letting me sleep during the day and I think my Mom might have put in a little extra shopping time.   ( sorry Dad )

( Note: I am originally a Goode,  and I have an appreciation for grammar and spelling, however, in this blog... grammar and spelling are optional.... hehehe) 

Back to the story: The week after they left was a little lonely, however we had work to keep us company. Also, as some of you may know, i am training for an ultra-marathon in February. I am running a 37 mile race in Virginia called Holiday Lake. I have run the other ultra-marathons in this Lynchburg Series except this one... Why am I telling you this? ... Well training is consuming a portion of my life right now and with that said... I move to the meat of this story.. 

Today:  Dec 6th, Francois and I went on an 18 mile adventure. We started at Patriot's Point before the Cooper River Bridge. We then went over the bridge, down East Bay towards the Battery. After the Battery we ran Down Calhoun Street up towards the Citadel where Francois went to school, and then a loop around Hampton Park.  After this, we traveled back to Calhoun, up Meeting Street and Back to East Bay ... up and OVER the Bridge, WHHHEWWW... Long story Short... it was a LONG run. But we made it fun... ( I went through the route for those that are familiar to Charleston and for the running enthusiast to drool over.. haaa HAA)

So here I am at the start, running over the bridge. Holy Cow it was windy and cold!  My toes were going numb! 
Francois spent a good portion of his day following me on his bike for the 18 miles around downtown Charleston...taking pictures and keeping me company--- the perfect husband and coach!!!
The battery was nice, there were many people enjoying the day. Most were probably headed downtown to grab a good seat for the parade. We, on the other hand, were on a mission to cover some ground and make it back in time to eat some amazing brunch at Tristan 

We headed down Calhoun Street, Francois was able to snap a shot in front of my hospital, I work on the 5th floor, the windows right below the ledge ( I guess that is what you call it... I am sure there is a French word for the architectural structure..... those French people invented everything ......annnnyway, I digress) ... So this is my hospital!! 
We then made it to the Citadel where I was able to take a break to pet this dog on the back of his head... The Citadel mascot is in fact a Bull Dog, but this pup got a behind- the- ear rubbing from ME... 
After our run, we changed clothes in the car ( Yep, no shower... GROSS) and went straight to Tristan for brunch. I was a little skeptical that we were not going to make the 2:30 pm restaurant cut off, because the Charleston Parade was going to start at 2:00 pm and we were driving to Tristan around 2:10 pm. BUT, we made it, found a parking spot and had some TERRIFIC food. 

And Finally, we had some REALLY REALLY THIN PANCAKES!! WOOO HOO,  These delicious crepes were  Tahitian vanilla crepes with mascarpone cheese topped with warm apple chutney and local honey.. Holy Cow they were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G... and on that note... 18 days until Christmas, there will be more delicious food gracing my belly during this feasting, festive season... that is why I  LOOOVE the holidays, and thank goodness I am training for something... it means I get to eat twice as much!! 
(and Yes the picture is sideways, it might only bother my brother. Ian,  look I had to put these pictures in Photoshop, change the size and save as and then write this story backwards... so I could put the pictures in .. you can teach me when you are home for Christmas... oh Brother!) 

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cooper's Birthday

Happy birthday to cooper. We got him this real nice outfit from Petsmart... it's his holiday look.... i don't think he likes it.  Ohh, Cooper. He is turning 6 on November 19th!!! I can't believe it! they grow up so fast ( tear). 

Hope to have more updates soon, pretty much working and getting ready for the holidays. Mom and Pops are coming in town for Thanksgiving... this girl has to work.. so we are altering things a little... but still plan on the turkey coma... yum yum.. There just aren't enough couches. 

well, Happy birthday COOP!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Surprise, San Francisco!

Hello all, some of you know that I traveled to San Francisco to surprise my brother for his birthday. I arrived on Saturday morning around 11:30 in the morning. I wanted it to be a surprise, but I think my dad having his video camera out randomly .. and my Mom looking out the window , blew my cover.   Nonetheless I arrived.  First time in California!!

My brother and his wife Lori, live in the Misson district of San Francisco. The first day was packed with fun events. We decided to take a trip to Sausalito, which was a short ferry ride, passing Alcatraz  ( which I think they have a triathlon that is based out of there... hmmmm, maybe next time ), the Bay Bridge, and an amazing city scape view. A small amount of pictures were taken on this trip, to say the least. 

[Ian being nice to his sister Tootie ]
[ Ian trying to eat his sister Tootie's head , while I counter attack with a fatal nasal flare . I win... this is what most of our pictures look like.. ]

Sausalito was great, we walked around took in some sights. I think the best thing about it, was the this eccentric man doing interpretative dancing near the ferry line. I wanted to join, had he been dancing to I'll Always Love You by Whitney Houston, I would have been all over it! { i'll post this video on the next post... it needs to be glorified}

[ having fun with our iPhones, and teaching mom how to use her camera on her phone. We had come crepes at this great little restaurant ... Lori and I had Pears and Gouda in our crepe... MMM... savory]

We headed back into town for some good eats, added a couple of layers first and then went to this amazing restaurant area where the restaurants almost compete for your business, we ended up at La Bastille, a French restaurant. I had clams, AMAZING! The lighting was so pleasant here, reminded us of France. Oh France... We miss ya! 

The next day, Ian's Birthday!!  Ian and I went for a run around the city, I believe it was 8 miles. Ian is doing amazing with his exercise routine, I have converted another. I think Lori and Ian have adapted to the many hills of San Francisco and both of them are in the best shape of their life! So proud! After our run, the family went to brunch at one of Ian and Lori's favorite places. Yummy!!

[ Ian giving me the green light for some good eats]

After our breakfast, we shopped a little, but mostly we walked down to Fisherman's Wharf for some clam chowder in a bread bowl, Pier 39 to see the sea lions, and Ghirardelli Square for some CUPCAKES!! I think everyone knows our family LOVES food! Francois was making fun of me that all of my Facebook updates are about what I am going to eat or have eaten, what can I say, I was a Goode once before. Later that night we had a birthday dinner for Ian followed by cupcakes and ice cream. 

The next day, we all took a trip in the car. Our first stop was for a picnic near the Golden Gate Bridge at Crissy Field. It was C-O-L-D, the wind off the water made it very chilly. 

Fun times at Crissy Fields...

We then drove over the Golden Gate to Muir Woods area, first stopping at an overlook. 

[Dad taking a picture of Ian and me ... in the next picture you have to look real hard to see Ian and me at the top of the cliff...]

<- see us right here?  That's us

Then we headed into the Muir Woods where we were able to see the hugh redwoods. Amazing how large these trees are. 

[ Ian taking pictures of us in the tree] 

The next day, My parents left early and Lori had to go to work, so it was Sister Tootie and Little Brother Baby time. We had a GREAT day, walking around, shopping, going to the top of Lombard street and then down to Fisherman's Wharf again for some chowder in the bread bowl. 

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy the sea lions... they are fun to watch 

   [ Lombard Street]

I was finally able to ride in a cable car, which is actually pretty scary. 

Later we went for a run, went to the gym, and finished the day off with personal pizzas at home with a side order of Clue and table topics. So much fun, too bad at 10:30 that night I was in route for the airport where I caught the Red Eye back home to Charleston, SC.

The trip was so much fun, and the only thing missing was Francois. Luckly he had visited the week prior because of business, but that doesn't mean we didn't miss him. We always pretend ordered for him at the restaurants... he would have loved it all!! Thank goodness we all shot over 1000 pictures so, he won't miss a shot. 


Friday, October 24, 2008

Happy Birthday to Ian, Halloween tribute

In Honor of my brother's birthday which is October 26th and Halloween... I would like to relive some of my brother's halloween ensembles ... let's take a look ( sorry Ian) 

Ian and Lori were Dolly Parton and Kenny Loggins, that is actually Ian's beard sprayed white!! He goes to the extreme!! 

Here we have Oscar the Grouch, or it could possibly be a little boy in a trash can, imagination is key here!! 

 This year he actually made the Mac the Night Moon head. I believe this was MY favorite costumes that he wore. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE BROTHER BABY ( I expect Lori to read this and tell Ian, and he probably won't read this in November sometime... so if that is the case, Happy Belated Birthday!) 

A little Extra

So the last couple of posts took me forever because I had to learn how to use Photoshop ( you think with a family like mine, I should have been born knowing that). Well, anyway... I left out a couple of things and I wanted to share some pictures. 

So while in Greenville, Francois and I were able to eat at a local French cafe ( if you look at the logo, it is the Eiffel Tower with the Greenville bridge in the background, genius) ... we ordered chocolat chaud ( which is the French word for hot chocolate... phonetically it sounds like show ca la show) and a croissant. Tasty, especially since the weather decided to be 50 degrees. 

Also, Francois was able to catch up with his friend John Sterling, they were able to play some tennis at the Greenville Country Club, and I believe the score is undisclosed .... boys will be boys 

Let's see, other than that, we are just looking forward to the weeks ahead. I will finally be off orientation at the hospital and i will no longer be able to call myself a baby nurse. ( YIKES).. 

Reading for your Pleasure

Oh yeah, Francois went to San Francisco last week and had a chance to dine with Ian and Lori.. They went to a great little French restaurant called La Provence. 

Other funny news... Cooper will think there is a squirrel in any tree if you start pointing and say "look babbers there is a squirrel up there.."  and his next move... he climbs the tree, finds no squirrel... and desperately grabs a stick or something to pick up... as a trophy to offer to the squirrel Gods... in hopes that they will send the squirrels down. .... it didn't work. 

Now that I am working nights... I get to see the sunset on the way to work and the sunrise on the way home. Here is a glimpse of the view on the way home... Amazing. Makes the night shift all worth it. 

Greenville Fun

This past weekend Francois and I went to Greenville, SC to go to a surprise charity event for BrYan Bock, Francois' friend from The Citadel that was in an unfortunate car accident 2 years ago on Father's day.  After driving in ridiculous traffic to Greenville, we arrived around 8 pm. There was an amazing band playing rock cover songs, and then they busted out into  " Apple Bottom Jeans" by T- Pain. Not sure if everyone is aware of how funny of a change that is... If anyone has seen the new movie Tropic Thunder ( comedy with Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr)  with Tom cruise dressed as a fat, disgusting, music producing mogul ... my favorite part is when he dances to Apple Bottom Jeans in his office... CLASSIC. 

Anyway, so... Bryan was completely surprised at everyone that showed up, and we raised $3,500 for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis Foundation. Kelly, BrYan's girlfriend, and friend Jennifer Wright were very instrumental in putting this entire event on. The night was amazing and ended with too many drinks and Kendra, Kelly and me becoming groupies of the band. 

The Cliff's notes version: Francois and I were able to catch up with some friends that we haven't seen in a long time. 

Here are some scenes from the night: 


There was a raffle: Francois won $25 Gift certificate to GoFish, Kendra won $250 worth of golf at Cherokee Valley, Moe won $50 gift certificate to Sharky's pub, I won nothing. I have the worst luck, so I handed 3 of my 4 tickets away so someone else could add their luck to them... 3 of the 4 tickets won ( not mine) told ya. 

On Saturday, Francois and I went for a run and then off to the Furman vs. Citadel game. Lauren and I chatted while the boys watched football. I was doing some heavy people watching, looking for the most disgruntled fan. It is amazing that the fans actually think they are individually coaching each player.  So we lasted about 2 quarters and then left to grab some lunch, and then not even 2 hours later, we were at Dan and Allison's house (John's brother and sister-in-law) watching LSU play USC... I have never been around so much football in my life!!  I met my quota for the year... next 2 years. 

( If you made it this far in the blog... congratulations...) 

On Sunday, I made it to Beth's departure on her bike ride to Texas. Beth raised over $5,000 for the Livestrong Cancer foundation. So Beth and about 20 other cyclist are riding none stop, in shifts to bike to Texas. Navigating their way across the states, for a 7 day bike ride. 

We have some friends that are doing some pretty amazing things for other people. Makes you feel good to give back