It’s been quite a while since I last checked in with an update. Lots of good things have been going on, and I haven’t stopped to check in.
I started my first semester of graduate school at the end of August. I’m taking two classes, and so far am doing really well in them. Lots of writing and reading and all that. I am enrolled in three more classes next semester, and with any luck will graduate in Spring 2016.
Mr. Awesome went to San Francisco the last week of August, leaving me to find my own stuff to do. My mom and I went to see Pee Wee’s Big Adventure on the big screen. That was a blast!
On Saturday, September 13th, Mr. Awesome ran in his first 10K race – the Plaza 10K.
He finished strong, and ran it faster than he thought he would.
I’m not quite ready to run a 10K race, so I volunteered to hand out medals to all of the finishers.
What a great experience!! It’s so much fun to see so many people finish a race, then to be able to hand them a prize. I had a great time.
The weekend of September 27th, we both ran in the 2nd annual UMKC Regalia Run. As usual, we were a little nervous before the run.
But we got out of the car and ran anyway…
When all was said and done, we both ended up with personal best 5K times, and Mr. Awesome placed third in his age group, netting him a shiny medal!
On October 12th, we ran in the Bill Cross 5K for BackSnack. I ran this one by myself last year, but this year we both took part. Again, we both ran good races, and again Mr. Awesome placed 3rd in his age group, winning another medal!
Aside from all the running, the big news around Kansas City was the miracle comeback of the 29-year slumped Royals. Oh man, did they play some great baseball! We were lucky enough to get a couple of tickets to Game 3 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) between KC and the Baltimore Orioles. The Royals were on a roll all postseason, winning game after game in extra innings, causing our city to go nuts with glee. Game 3 of the ALCS was the pinnacle of excitement, and we were so thrilled to be there!
The game was supposed to be played on a chilly Tuesday evening, but thanks to a rain-out of an earlier game, we got a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon instead. We drank beer, ate cheesy-corn brisket-achos (those are as crazy and delicious as they sound), and cheered our voices hoarse. Kauffman Stadium is such a beautiful place.
The Royals advanced to the World Series and put up a hard fight, succumbing to the San Francisco Giants in Game 7. It was an amazing thing, watching this team and this city come alive. We were so excited, in fact, that we are getting season tickets for next year. Bring on summer, already!
What else did we do…
- Listened to Matthew Inman (aka The Oatmeal) talk about his book on running and his fascination with Darwin and insects.
- Saw a bunch of movies at our favorite theater, Alamo Drafthouse:
- The aforementioned Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – fun with Mom!
- Ghostbusters – classic.
- This is Where I Leave You – meh. It felt like it was never going to end.
- The Equalizer – Denzel gets revenge!
- Gone Girl – almost as long as the book.
- The Guest – surprisingly good thriller.
- St. Vincent – Bill Murray. I would watch him take a nap for two hours.
- Ate lots of great food. I love food.
- I read a few books:
- A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley – I’m a sucker for Iowa farm stories
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – I cried. It was so good.
- The House Girl by Tara Conklin – Not bad, for a sort of time-flipping slave narrative
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – Heartbreaking and wonderful.
- Went to see Jim Gaffigan talk about his love affair with food. I was surprised how much he looks like Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was weird, but I quickly stopped caring because Jim Gaffigan is hilarious.
Oh, and then we ran some more this past weekend, in our second Cliff Hanger 5K. It was a chilly morning, and the course was hillier than I remembered, but we both did way better this year than we did last year. Mr. Awesome, on some sort of roll, placed 1st in his age group and won a medal AND a $25 gift certificate to Garry Gribble’s Running Sports.
Daylight Savings Time ended this past weekend, which totally sucks. I like my extra daylight at the end of the day, thank you. So we’re in for a long, dark winter. At least the autumn was beautiful this year.
I took these while walking at the nature center across the street from my office:
I think this weekend we need a break, but I doubt we’ll sit still for too long.