There Was No Wine

My relaxing night at home chilling out and drinking wine turned out to be not so much so.  I got held up at work and only beat D home by about an hour, so I did get an hour to sit down and catch up on a few blogs, then we headed to the rehab place to see his grandmother.  All in all she looked good.  She’s very down and is very ready to come home, but physically she’s doing as well as can be expected.  But there were some things that were concerning to me.  D’s mom had mentioned that while she was at St. Thomas she had been confused about a lot of things.  I had told her not to worry about it. She had been in and out of consciousness for two weeks–OF COURSE she was going to be confused and a little disoriented about time and place.  But now she hasn’t been sedated at all in about two weeks, and I could see exactly what my mother-in-law was talking about.  Here’s one good for-instance from last night:

Me:  Have you seen Michelle here?  (Michelle is D’s cousin’s wife that works at that rehab facility.  Granny knew this as well as I do.)
Granny:  No, they haven’t been by.
Me:  I mean has she been in to see you while she was working?
Granny:  She works here?
Me:  Yes, Chris’s wife, Michelle.  She works here.
Granny:  I didn’t know that.

Subject changes… a few minutes later:

Granny:  Did you tell me Michelle works here?
Me:  Yep, she sure does.
Granny:  I thought so.

Again, a few minutes later:

Granny:  Doesn’t Michelle work here?
Me:  Yep.
Granny:  I think Faye works here too.
Me:  Who’s Faye?
Granny:  Dewayne’s wife.
Me:  *confused and thinking she’s referring to another Dewayne besides my husband*  Who’s Dewayne?
Granny:  *shaking head*  No, not Dewayne.  I mean Chris.  Chris’s wife.
Me:  You mean Michelle?
Granny:  Yeah, Michelle.  I think she works here too.

I’m just kind of floored because this is NOT LIKE GRANNY AT ALL.  I’m telling you, this woman is SHARP.  I just pray to God that it’s a medication that is causing all the confusion as a side effect or something.

Anyway, we spent a good long while visiting there, came home and ate a quick supper, then I had to run back up there to take her a big, fluffy blanket of mine because she said she froze to death all the night before.  It was HOT in there to me, but she said the blood thinners she’s taking make her cold.  By the time I got back home from that, it was nearly 8:30, aka almost my bedtime.

There was one bright spot from last night though.  I got to remove the question mark from beside the St. Jude half-marathon on my race calendar!  It’s a for-sure thing now.  My friend M (remember her?  She’s the one that was supposed to run the RnR Vegas Marathon with me but decided it would be more fun to break her leg instead.) texted me about it a few nights ago thinking it would be coinciding with when she would be in town for her brother’s graduation.  Turns out they are on different weekends, so M is out, but another friend texted me last night asking, “Sooo… what are you doing December 3rd?”  She and her husband signed up yesterday!  IT’S ON!!!  I’m so excited to be running a race with a friend!  That’ll be a first.  M suffered a stress fracture less than a month before Vegas, and my BFF that was supposed to run the AJM half with me last month flaked out on me… so I’m STOKED!

I’ve got another busy weekend ahead of me… I’ve got to do the grocery/laundry thing tonight because I’ll be gone most all weekend.  (I know, I’m rockin’ my Friday night HARD.  Be very jealous.  When you get to be as cool as I am you can go grocery shopping on a Friday night too.)  Registration for the 10K is tomorrow morning at 7:00, and it’s about an hour away.  Then I’m going straight to my parents’ house for a day-early Mother’s Day.  I don’t expect I’ll get home before sometime late Saturday evening.  Then church Sunday morning, and as soon as I get out of church I am going to pick up my sister-in-law and niece and drive BACK to my hometown because a friend of mine there is a very good photographer, and she’s going to be doing my niece’s senior pictures!  And we’ve got to fit a Mother’s Day for D’s mom and some more Granny time in there somewhere.  Lots of driving and rushing around this weekend, but at least it’s all for fun reasons!

I’ll get around to my date with that bottle of wine someday…

Three Things Thursday

1.   D’s grandmother was finally released from the hospital yesterday.  After the valve replacement, she was scheduled for a pacemaker, but that surgery had to be postponed because she developed pneumonia.  While they were treating the pneumonia, her arrhythmia apparently worked itself out because they’ve decided that she doesn’t need the pacemaker right now after all.  Praise the Lord!

2.   I’m running my first 10K Saturday morning!  Instant PR!  WOOHOO!  I do hope to at least break an hour though.

3.   I’m so ready to just get off work and chill out tonight.  It’s been go-go-go since sometime last week.  Today is a rest day, and I’ve already informed D that tonight is a “you’re on your own” night for supper.  We’re going to see his grandma when he gets off work, and other than that I ain’t doing a DANG THANG.  And there may be wine involved.

Girls Weekend Out: Nashville

My sister and I headed to Nashville for a much-needed getaway this weekend, and it did not disappoint.  The weekend was filled with fun and laughter, good music (and some bad karaoke), good drinks, and REALLY good food.

We got to Nashville around 3:30 or so Friday, checked into the hotel and immediately walked downtown.  I wasn’t running in the Country Music Marathon, but I can’t resist an RnR expo.  We wandered around for a while, partaking of all the free samples.  There was some REALLY random free samplage going on in Nashville!  Pickles???  Tomato juice???  Upon taking samples of tomato juice, Kim promptly asked where the vodka samples were.  I like the way she thinks.

The only thing I bought at the expo were some snazzy new sports sunglasses.  They were red and looked like they would make me run faster.

While standing in line at the Publix booth for more free stuff, I got a text from none other than the Crazy Penguin herself saying that she was there at the Brooks booth.  We had planned to meet at the expo and have dinner afterward.  BEST.  DECISION.  EVER.  Seriously if any of y’all ever get the chance to hang out with this girl, DO IT.  After walking around the expo for just a few more minutes looking for a vendor that turned out wasn’t even there, we went to The Old Spaghetti Factory, where we proceeded to probably make everyone around us think that we were all mentally challenged.  Or drunk.  Or both. 

But, you see, they weren’t in on the inside joke that had us snorting with laughter.  I would try to explain it, but it’s definitely one of those “had to be there” things.  We were actually cracking up trying to figure out how you could possibly blog about it.  Heck, I’m cracking up just replaying it all in my head but I can see how the humor would be lost on someone who didn’t witness it firsthand.
After dinner, we parted ways.  She was turning in early because she was running the half the next day, and Kim and I had business to tend to.

Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville…

 We found open seating in one of the upstairs bars at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and parked ourselves right there for the rest of the night.  Aside from having the best margaritas ever, if you ever find yourself in a Margaritaville and your server offers you a Loaded Landshark, TAKE IT.  Landshark beer loaded with the Margaritaville brand island lime tequilla.  NICE.  And EFFECTIVE.

I had every intention of getting up early Saturday morning and walking to the race course to watch the elites finish.  Let’s just say there were too many Loaded Landsharks to make that plan a reality.  I woke up about 9:00, and it was closer t 9:30 by the time I got there.  The #10 male was coming into the finisher’s chute just as I was getting there.  I walked to the half-marathon side and found the 2:00 pace group passing mile 13.  I stayed right there for a good while watching for several people I knew running, but I never saw any of them.  No surprise considering how many people there were!  A while back I had posted about plans to hop in and offer support for any struggling marathoners I saw, but my head was pounding and I was in absolutely no shape to run.  At all.  I did walk the course between miles 17 and 19 for quite a while cheering on and talking to individual runners, but there was no running.  Fail.

About noon I walked back to the hotel to get Kim and figure out something for lunch.  We walked back to Panera Bread downtown and then she and I hung out at the finish line for a while again.  By then, the half had finished up, but there were still marathoners finishing.  Bless their hearts.  They had already been out on the course for over 6 hours.  Just watching the emotion on everyone’s faces was amazing.  Some people were skipping to the finish all smiles and others were limping through gritted teeth and tears.  But like the announcer said to some of the finishers coming into the chute trying to sprint to the finish:  “Relax!  You’re done now!  You’re still gonna get the same medal the three-hour finishers got.”  It was inspiring to watch.  Even Kim said she wants to get to the point where she can run a half someday!  And, if I wasn’t before, I am now seriously questioning my “never again” mindset when it comes to running another full…but that’s another post for another day!

We headed back to the hotel, where we took showers, watched Looney Toones (yeah, so what?), and I took a nap.  Around 6:00, we walked BACK downtown (I’m figuring I walked at least a half-marathon Saturday.) for dinner.  We went to The Melting Pot expecting a little wait, but we weren’t expecting a 2-1/2 hour wait.  Kim noticed a sign in the front that said the suggested attire was upscale casual, and she called me out on my clothes.  I had on my “That’s What She Said” t-shirt.  Classy, right?  We made reservations for 9:00 and began walking around trying to find something to get into to kill the time.  I really just wanted to find someplace to sit down and relax with a glass of wine or something, but there was a wait to get in anywhere with a table.  Then we walked past the Wild Beaver Saloon and saw a sign for $2.00 domestic longnecks.  Close enough.  We kicked back and listened to (and I contributed to) some bad karaoke until time to walk back to the restaurant.

Totally worth the wait.

Cheese and veggies?  Awesome.

Caesar salad?  Mmmmmmm….  (I ate mine AND Kim’s.)

The main course?  Not bad at all.  I’m sure a meat lover would have enjoyed it more than I did.  My favorite part was the potatoes and mushrooms.  Next time I’ll get the vegetarian entree.

The dessert?  Orgasmic.

Strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, cheesecake, brownies… and a big pot of chocolate to dip it all in.  I was in Heaven.

There was really nothing else we could do to top that.  We went around the corner to the Beer Sellar for just a few minutes, decided we were too full/sleepy/old to drink any more, and went back to the hotel.

It was a super fun weekend.  I just wish I had the time and money to do it more often…