On Friday, I participated in the UMKC Commencement ceremony. Before the ceremony, I took a pre-graduation selfie (I hate this word, but it's in the dictionary now, so I am trying to accept it) and noted the following on my phone before handing it off to Mr. Awesome for safekeeping:
"I'm sitting here in Pierson Auditorium waiting to line up for graduation. There are so many young people. I'm feeling old. But the conversations I am overhearing are filled with uncertainty about the future, and I'm already solidly into mine.The ceremony was thankfully short due to the threat of ice and snow. Afterwards, I found my mom and Mr. Awesome in the sea of people.
I feel weird, and a bit out of place. I earned this, but it's still weird. That's the only word I can think of right now to describe any of it.
The hat is weird. The tassel keeps twisting. I should have curled my hair."
Friday night we ate homemade beef stew - it was okay. Does anyone have a good beef stew recipe? You know - the kind with gravy-like broth and lots of savory flavor? I've not found one I like yet. After dinner, we headed to Alamo Drafthouse for their Movie Interruption presentation of Lethal Weapon. Neither Mr. Awesome nor I had ever seen that movie (I know!) and having comedians make fun of it MST3K-style was a great way to experience it for the first time.
On Saturday we did a bit of Christmas shopping before preparing to run in our first-ever evening 5K, the North Kansas City 1st annual Christmas Light Run. This was probably my favorite run so far, because there were so many people dressed up with bells and lights and Santa hats. It was great! The course was great, too - nice and flat on streets with lots of decorated houses.
The only downside was that it was really, really cold - about 25 degrees. We both dressed in lots of layers, but it was still a bit rough starting out. Once we were running, though, we warmed up nicely. Because of the cold, I didn't expect to have a very good run - my goal was to finish in under 38 minutes, if possible.
Mr. Awesome had another personal-record-setting run - he's on a role, people! Here are his stats:
- Finish time: 24:00
- Age group place: 4th of 23
- Overall place: 57th out of 588
As for me, I tried to keep a good pace, and pushed myself hard at the end, managing to fly past four or five runners just before the finish line.
My mom surprised us at the finish line - I was so glad to see her!
It was so cool to have her and Mr. Awesome cheering me on at the end, and for once, Mr. Awesome had someone there to cheer for him!
I ended up doing better than I thought I would:
- Finish time: 36:59
- Age group place: 40th out of 60
- Overall place: 425th out of 588
Afterwards, Mr. Awesome and I had dinner at P.F. Chang's, then went to the Cheesecake Factory for dessert - we ran so we earned every bite of that Key Lime Cheesecake! Thanks to reservations at one and a hidden bar table at the other, we didn't have to wait at either restaurant at all. It was incredible, because the wait at each was well over an hour and a half.
Sunday found us doing a little more shopping and finishing putting Christmas decorations around the house. Our tree is so pretty - I need to remember to take some pictures.