Joseph, Seven Miles and Buckets of Snakes

Hold on to your hats, I'm about to throw at least two well established rules of blogging out the window, you know, the good ones like 1.) be concise and 2.) have one topic per post. Oh well, rules were made to be broken, right?

Friday evening Scott went to a men's retreat at our church so Annelise and I had a mama and daughter date with Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat. Can you believe I have NEVER seen it? Nope, never. Isn't that pitiful? (Yep.)
A local church put on a fabulous production (and it was free!) so we absolutely had to go check it out with some of our bestest friends.The cast was mainly teens, but they were all outstanding performers. The singing was great and the songs were so funny (I mean who can resist a Pharaoh dressed like The King himself and calypso singing sons' of Jacob? Not I!)Everyone had a fabulous time! We then finished up the evening with frosties from Wendy's, which was the perfect ending.

Thankfully, it was not too late a night because I had an important appointment Saturday morning, one that I had not kept in an embarrassingly looooooong time. That's right, I got up at 5:00 am, laced up my running shoes and met my running group at the school for a brisk morning run. I can't remember the last time I had done that, probably not since August (head hung in shame).
I am ecstatically proud to say I finally broke through the 3 -4 mile self-imposed mental barrier and ended up running, wait for it...
SEVEN ding-dang miles!!!

Can you believe it? It's been forever and a week since I've run that many miles at one time. I told myself I would do 5, maybe 6, but since it was a cool, clear morning, the stars were all aligned and I was feeling good, I ended up finishing 7 (which is what the training schedule asked of me anyway). Can I get a WOOHOO? Thanks ever so much!
I jumped a hurdle not only by finishing a longer distance, but just in the simple act of getting up and getting out there, which can be one of the hardest things to do when it's not part of your regular routine. Now I feel like I am somewhat on track for the half marathon next month. Still though, gulp.
While Scott spent part of Saturday at the other half of the men's retreat, Annelise and I went to a birthday party for one of her school friends. It was a dinosaur/reptilian type themed party and they even had a snake charmer!
Okay, maybe not a snake charmer per se, but a lady with buckets of snakes. She shared some cool snake facts and then passed around real live snakes. She started with the teeny tiny brands,which were kind of cute. The boys and girls each had a chance to hold them (or wear them--eek!) if they wanted. Annelise held the first one, but as they progressively grew in size each time the lady opened a new bucket or bag, Annelise only watched.
After, oh, I'd say ten different snakes or so, this big guy was the closing act. Shiver.
By that time Annelise was so over the snakes and had moved on to the food buffet. A few of the kidlets sat through each and every snake presentation, but many had lost interest after the fourth or fifth one. Even though the snake charmer was a really cool idea, I can't say I blame the five and six year old party crowd being ready to move on to the next party thing, because I was right there with 'em.

Have you seen Joesph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat? Can you believe I finally ran more than 3 or 4 miles at one time? Where do you stand on the whole snake issue?


  1. Congrats on the run. That is awesome!!!

  2. Seven miles - that is fantastic! I had no idea there were blogging rules LOL. I am pretty sure I break them every time!

  3. Great job on the run!!

    Joseph is great! wish I'd seen it FREE too! :)

    snakes-ugh! was glad your photos weren't showing up for me today! :)

  4. I had such a great time with you girls! Who can beat Joseph, his brothers, his coat, Elvis and a frosty?? hahaha!

    I'm so proud of you for getting out there and running at the crack of dawn! Keep it up....maybe I will meet you out there soon. :)

    As far as the snakes. eww!

  5. A snake at a party is definitely NOT my idea of fun!

  6. Oh no!

    1.) be concise and 2.) have one topic per post.

    I'm doomed.

  7. I know, I totally break those bloggy *rules* all the time!


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